NEWS ANALYSIS: Syria to West: Accept that Assad is here to stay

March 7, 2015 8:40 AM

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NEW YORK — Syria’s envoy to the United Nations (UN) says it’s time for the US and other Western powers to accept that President Bashar al-Assad is here to stay, and to abandon what he suggested was a failed strategy of trying to split the Middle East into sectarian enclaves.

Speaking to Reuters on the eve of the fourth anniversary of the Syrian war, Mr Assad’s long-serving UN ambassador Bashar Ja’afari said his president was ready to work with the US and others to combat terrorism in the Middle East.

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