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Syria’s Assad urges greater ‘cooperation’ on aid

Published on May 4, 2014 6:05 AM
Syria's President Bashar al-Assad (centre) meets with members of the Higher Committee for Relief in Damascus May 3, 2014, in this handout released by Syria's national news agency SANA. -- PHOTO: REUTERS 

DAMASCUS (AFP) - President Bashar al-Assad on Saturday urged government bodies tasked with providing relief in war-torn Syria to increase “cooperation” with international and local organisations, state television reported.

His statement came after UN chief Ban Ki Moon issued a report saying that foreign aid was still not reaching millions of needy Syrians despite a Security Council resolution in February calling for greater access.

Mr Ban’s report last week blamed both sides in the war but singled out the government for particular censure.

On Saturday state television broadcast footage showing Assad in a meeting with representatives of Syria’s governmental relief committee.

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