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Blinken says U.S. does not intend to normalize relations with Syria's Assad

Reuters logo Reuters 10/13/2021

Oct 13 (Reuters) - The United States does not intend to support any efforts to normalize ties with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad or rehabilitate him until there is irreversible progress towards a political solution in Syria, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Wednesday.

Speak at a press conference, Blinken said Washington's priorities in Syria focused on providing humanitarian aid, stemming any extremist activity that may target the United States and keeping violence down.

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"What we do not intend to do is to express support for any efforts to normalize relations or rehabilitate Mr. Assad or lift a single sanction on Syria... until there is irreversible progress towards a political solution," Blink said.

(Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru and Humeyra Pamuk in Washington)


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