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        1/20/2013, Shevat 9, 5773

      Newest Assad Strategy - Unity Gov’t with Rebels


      The Assad regime is putting out feelers for talks with rebel forces to discuss the possibility of a unity government. But negotiations do not appear realistic.

      Foreign Minister Walid Muallem reached out over the weekend to “Nationalist” opposition forces to join a dialogue over joining a unity Cabinet. Any rebel group could join the talks, the British Broadcasting Company (BBC) reported – but Muallem set conditions. Anyone joining the negotiations had to agree to reject foreign intervention, and there was to be no discussion about the future of President Bashar al-Assad.