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Assad Asks Russia to Broker Talks With Opposition, Lavrov Says

February 07, 2012

Feb. 7 (Bloomberg) -- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad asked Russia to broker talks with opposition groups in a bid to end 11 months of violence in the Middle Eastern country, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said after talks in Damascus today, according to a pool report from Russian news service Itar-Tass.

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