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September 4, 2012 9:11 am

Assad Holds Meeting in Damascus With Red Cross Chief

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ABC News/AP – Syrian President Bashar Assad told the head of the International Committee of the Red Cross in talks in Damascus on Tuesday that the group is welcome to operate on the ground in the country as long as it remains “neutral and independent,” state media reported.

ICRC spokewoman Rabab al-Rafai did not give further details about Assad’s meeting with Peter Maurer, but said the Red Cross chief later met with Deputy Foreign Minister Faysal Mekdad and was also holding talks with the head of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, Abdul-Rahman Attar.

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