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'US, Israel favour status quo in Syria', dissident Yassin al-Haj Saleh claims

Yassin al-Haj Saleh is a leading Syrian intellectual and one of the keenest observers of the Assad regime. He was jailed for 16 years under Hafez al-Assad and in 2013, he was forced into exile by the regime of Bashar al-Assad, while his wife and brother were kidnapped and are still missing. Several of his articles, written between 2011 and 2015, have now been published in a book in French entitled "The Syrian question".

Yassin al-Haj Saleh claims that the Syrian opposition was about to take Damascus in 2013 but was pressured by the US and the Saudis not to do so.

He calls the US-Russia deal struck over Syria's chemical weapons in 2013 "a big betrayal of the Syrian people".

Finally, he accuses the US and Israel of favouring the status quo in Syria. "The Americans and the Israelis either want Bashar al-Assad to stay in power, or to engineer things in a way that they take him out just to save everything else".

"Everything will stay as it was before, only maybe Bashar al-Assad [will go] with his millions to Panama or Switzerland or I don’t know where to enjoy the rest of his life", he told FRANCE 24's Marc Perelman.

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2018-06-20 Marc PERELMAN

NATO chief hails strength of transatlantic bond on defence

In an interview with FRANCE 24, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg talked of the upcoming July NATO summit in Brussels, saying he believed it would be less divisive than the...

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2018-06-19 Marc PERELMAN

'There are two policies towards Russia in the Trump administration'

Michael McFaul served as US ambassador to Russia under Barack Obama from 2012 to 2014. In an interview with FRANCE 24, he discussed the divisions within the Trump administration...

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2018-06-18 Americas

'Changing FARC peace deal would be a huge historical error for Colombia'

Humberto de la Calle was head of the Colombian government's negotiating team that reached the 2016 peace deal with FARC rebels. In an interview with FRANCE 24, he discussed his...

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2018-06-15 Sport

Nigeria coach: 'We've managed to build a team that works well together'

As World Cup action continues in Russia, we speak to a globetrotter of international football. Gernot Rohr is a former player for Bayern Munich and Girondins de Bordeaux, plus a...

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2018-06-11 Asia-pacific

'With N. Korea, everything is perfectly sound and rational'

North Korea experts Dorian Malovic and Juliette Morillot have co-written a book in French called "The World According to Kim Jong-un". They have both been to North Korea many...

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