Four years on, some in Europe support talking to Assad




 
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February 18th, 2015  
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Topic: Four years on, some in Europe support talking to Assad


By Sylvia Westall and John Irish BEIRUT/PARIS (Reuters) - Some European Union countries which withdrew their ambassadors from Syria are saying privately it is time for more communication with Damascus even though Britain and France oppose it, diplomats said. Those states have become more vocal in internal meetings about the need to talk to the Syrian government and have a presence in the capital. London and Paris reject this, saying President Bashar al-Assad has lost all legitimacy. This makes a change in EU policy unlikely, but the debate underlines a predicament for Western states which ostracized the government at the start of the crisis, imposed sanctions, and four years on still find Assad in power.

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