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Syria's Assad says he wants to expand Russian investments to help offset U.S. sanctions

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad wearing a protective face mask attends a meeting with Russia's Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Damascus, Syria September 7, 2020. Russian Foreign Ministry/Handout via REUTERS

AMMAN (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al Assad said on Monday he was keen to expand economic and business deals with Moscow, his closest ally, to help Syria weather crippling economic sanctions.

Assad, who gave the comments during a meeting in Damascus with Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, said he wanted to see Russian investments in key areas of the economy that had been agreed in the past succeed.

Reporting by Suleiman Al-Khalidi; Editing by Toby Chopra

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