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Syrian Information Minister says Assad will not step down

  • Syrian Information Minister Omran Zoubi leaves the car upon his arrival on January 21, 2014 on the eve of the so-called Geneva II peace talks in Montreux. AFP PHOTO/PHILIPPE DESMAZES

MONTREUX, Switzerland: Syria's Information Minister said on Wednesday that President Bashar Assad will not step down, as demanded by some of the international powers seeking to end the country's protracted conflict.

"Assad isn't going," Omran Zoubi told journalists on the sidelines of U.N.-sponsored face-to-face peace talks in the Swiss resort of Montreux.

 
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