Demands for Assad's ouster fuel Syria bloodshed: Iran foreign minister

April 29, 2015 8:13 PM

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Demands for Assad's ouster fuel Syria bloodshed: Iran foreign minister

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Western and Arab demands for the ouster of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have fueled years of unnecessary bloodshed as they have prevented negotiations on a political settlement, Iran's foreign minister said on Wednesday.

Iran's top diplomat, Mohammad Javad Zarif, also rejected suggestions that Islamic State militants have been able to attract new recruits because of abuses by Assad's military in the four-year-long civil war.

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