Syrian information minister says Assad will not step down

MONTREUX, Switzerland Wed Jan 22, 2014 7:56am EST

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MONTREUX, Switzerland (Reuters) - Syria's Information Minister said on Wednesday that President Bashar al-Assad will not step down, as demanded by some of the international powers seeking to end the country's protracted conflict.

"Assad isn't going," Omaran Zoabi told journalists on the sidelines of U.N.-sponsored face-to-face peace talks in the Swiss resort of Montreux.

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