Assad says no peace settlement until war against terrorists is won

October 5, 2015 12:05 AM

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Assad says no peace settlement until war against terrorists is won

BEIRUT — Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said Sunday that there can be no reforms in Syria until “terrorism” has been vanquished, dampening speculation that Russia’s military intervention might herald a swift settlement to the four-year-old conflict.

Speaking in an interview with Iran’s Khabar television station, Assad also ruled out negotiations with the Western-backed groups opposing his government, saying that they are driven by foreign agendas and cannot be part of the solution to Syria’s crisis.

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