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Germany: No plans to reengage with Assad

A view shows a deserted street targeted by snipers loyal to Syria's President Bashar Assad in the Damascus suburb of Harasta August 24, 2014. (REUTERS/Badra Mamet)

BERLIN: Germany has no diplomatic contacts with the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad and no plans to rekindle ties because of the threat posed by the militant group Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), a spokesman for the German foreign ministry said Monday.

"The regime of President Assad has committed unbelievable injustice in every form during the civil war that has been raging for 3-1/2 years. Nearly 200,000 people have died," the spokesman Martin Schaefer told a government news conference.

"To be honest it is very difficult to imagine that all this can be ignored in the name of Realpolitik, that one says, now we have ISIS, which is worse than Assad, so now we have to get into bed with the one that isn't quite so bad," he added.

"This is too simple. I am not aware of any thoughts or deliberations, whether in the fight against ISIS or otherwise, about working with the regime of President Assad," Schaefer said. "I am not aware of any political or diplomatic contacts between Germany and the Syrian government."

 

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