France said on Thursday there were no signs that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is about to be overthrown, something Paris has been saying for months was just over the horizon
France, a former colonial ruler of Syria, has been one of the most vocal backers of the rebels trying to topple Mr. al-Assad and was the first to recognize the opposition coalition.
“Things are not moving. The solution that we had hoped for, and by that I mean the fall of Bashar and the arrival of the [opposition] coalition to power, has not happened,” says Laurent Fabius
Mr. Fabius told RFI radio in December “the end is nearing” for Mr. al-Assad
He said Syrian opposition leaders and representatives of some 50 nations and organizations would meet in Paris on Jan. 28
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