Assad asks BRICS ‘to intervene’ in Syria crisis – aide

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“Today I passed a message from President Bashar al-Assad toPresident Jacob Zuma, who will preside over the March 26 BRICSsummit, on the subject of the situation in Syria,” senioradviser Bouthaina Shaaban told AFP.”In this message, President Bashar al-Assad asks forintervention by the BRICS to stop the violence in his country andencourage the opening of a dialogue, which he wishes tostart.”BRICS is a bloc of up-and-coming economies comprising Brazil,Russia, India, China and South Africa.Shaaban has been conducting a tour of the five countries aheadof the summit in Durban.While the five countries vary in their sympathies for the Assadregime, all of them have repeatedly professed a neutral stance onthe conflict, and have regularly voted against stricter resolutionsagainst the current Syrian government.The rebellion against President Assad began two years ago, andthe death toll may have exceeded 60,000 according to the UN.

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Assad asks BRICS ‘to intervene’ in Syria crisis – aide

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