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Friends of Syria agree no future for Assad and family


Ahmad Jarba, the leader of Syria's opposition National Coalition, said Sunday that the US-led "Friends of Syria" grouping had agreed that President Bashar al-Assad and his family will have no role in the country's future.

Jarba did not announce whether or not the opposition would take part in peace talks with representatives of Assad's regime due to start next week in Switzerland. The Coalition, which is under intense pressure to confirm its participation, has said it will decide on the issue on January 17.