Wednesday May 27, 2020

Defections piling pressure on Assad

A spate of recent defections has placed the government of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad under further pressure.

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A pro-Assad protester holds placards in support of the regime at a demonstration in Beirut, Lebanon, last week. Photo: Getty

Aspate of recent defections has placed the government of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad under further pressure, as a host of international diplomats arrive in Damascus this weekend hoping to bring about a cessation in violence.

Yesterday UN Arab League envoy Kofi Annan met Syrian president Bashar al-Assad to try to work out a political solution to the crisis. Earlier in the day Annan met Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov - one of Assad's few foreign...

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