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Friends of Syria agree no future for Assad and family

Published on Jan 12, 2014 10:57 PM

PARIS (AFP, REUTERS) - Mr Ahmad Jarba, the leader of Syria's opposition National Coalition, said on Sunday that the US-led "Friends of Syria" grouping had agreed that President Bashar al-Assad and his family will have no role in the country's future.

Mr Jarba did not announce whether or not the opposition would take part in peace talks with representatives of Mr Assad's regime due to start next week in Switzerland. The Coalition, which is under intense pressure to confirm its participation, has said it will decide on the issue on Jan 17.

On Sunday, Friends of Syria, an alliance of mainly Western and Gulf Arab countries who support the Syrian opposition, called on them to attend peace talks in Switzerland later this month.

“We urge the National Coalition to respond positively to the invitation to set up the Syrian opposition delegation sent by the U.N. Secretary General,” the group said in a joint statement.

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