Assad 'not ready to give up power' in Syria

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad said he is not ready to give up power and the issue is not up for discussion at the Geneva peace talks next week, Interfax reports.

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad Credit: Reuters/SANA

He reportedly told Russian parliamentarians: "If we wanted to give up, we would have done so at the very beginning. We are on guard for our country. This issue is not up for discussion."

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Food supplies enter besieged suburb of Syrian capital

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