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Despite Military Gains, Germany Sees no Future for Assad in Syria

Germany says it does not believe Bashar al-Assad can continue as Syria's leader under a future peace agreement.

Press Trust Of India

Updated:January 2, 2017, 10:37 PM IST
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Despite Military Gains, Germany Sees no Future for Assad in Syria
A file picture of Syrian President Bashar Assad. (Photo: AP)
Berlin: Germany says it does not believe Bashar al-Assad can continue as Syria's leader under a future peace agreement.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Martin Schaefer says that Assad's forces capturing eastern Aleppo and other parts of northern Syria "strengthens the regime" and its hand in political negotiations.

But Schaefer told reporters in Berlin on Monday that Germany's assessment that "Assad can't play a permanent role in a peaceful future for Syria" hasn't changed now that his forces are blamed for 300,000 deaths in the six-year war.

Schaefer said opposition groups wouldn't accept any deal to form a transitional government unless Assad's powers were sharply curtailed.

Germany is involved in diplomatic efforts to forge a peace agreement in Syria and has contributed significant funds toward humanitarian relief for those affected by the conflict.

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