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        1/17/2014, Shevat 16, 5774

      Syria Ready for Prisoner Exchange with Rebels


      Foreign Minister Walid Muallem of Syria said on Friday that the Damascus government is prepared to exchange prisoners with the rebel camp and would take swift steps towards doing so, according to Agence France Presse.

      Following talks in Moscow with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, Muallem said, "I informed Lavrov of our principled position in favor of an agreement to exchange those held in Syrian prisons for those taken by the other side. We are ready to exchange lists and develop the necessary mechanism for accomplishing these goals."