January 3, 2019 / 12:17 PM / in 5 months

UK foreign minister Hunt: Syria's Assad will be around for a while

LONDON, Jan 3 (Reuters) - British foreign minister Jeremy Hunt said on Thursday that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will remain in place for “a while” thanks to support from Russia, even though Britain’s position was still that he remains a block to lasting peace.

“The British long-standing position is that we won’t have lasting peace in Syria with that (Assad-led) regime, but regretfully, we do think he’s going to be around for a while,” Hunt told Sky News. (Reporting by William James; editing by Stephen Addison)

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