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Wassouf visits Assad in show of support

Syrian President Bashar Assad receives singer George Wassouf in Damascus. (Syria 24 Facebook page)

BEIRUT: Prominent singer George Wassouf visited Bashar Assad's residence in Damascus in a show of support for the embattled president, media reports said Friday.

A photo published by media outlets showed Wassouf shaking hands with Assad, laughing and chatting. Wassouf's son, Wadih, is seen in the photo standing between the two.

The Syria-born singer has been vocal about his support for Assad, showing up to the polls in Syria earlier this month to vote for Assad in the country’s presidential election, seen by the regime’s rivals as a sham.

Syrian television broadcast footage of Wassouf inside the polling station with several people gathered around him and chanting: "With our soul and blood, we sacrifice ourselves for you."

The 52-year-old singer has been absent from spotlight for several years due to health reasons, and the Syrian government has reportedly paid for his medical expenses.

In an interview aired this month on Al-Jadeed television, Wassouf described Assad as a goodhearted man as he criticized fellow artists for turning against the regime.

 

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