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A cross-party group of French lawmakers held talks with Syrian officials in Damascus Tuesday, the first such contacts in the Syrian capital since the closure of France's embassy there in 2012 .However, the French Foreign Ministry made it clear the lawmakers did not represent France, which opposes any rapprochement with the government of Bashar Assad.Some European countries which withdrew ambassadors from Syria are saying privately it is time for communication with Damascus, even though that is staunchly opposed by Britain and France, which argue that Assad has lost all legitimacy.
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