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Idlib : Syria | Mar 10, 2012 at 1:42 PM PST
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UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan met Syrian President Bashar Assad on Saturday.The meeting at the presidential palace, was held in a "positive atmosphere", the official SANA news agency reported.

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad has told UN envoy Kofi Annan that no political attempts to settle the conflict can succeed while terrorist groups are spreading chaos in the country, reported the Syrian state television.

Meanwhile, forces loyal to the Syrian regime continued its repression and bombarded the rebel city of Idleb. At least 83 people were killed nationwide in Syria on Saturday, the Syrian Network for Human Rights reported.

Colonel Riad al-Asaad, head of the opposition Syrian Free Army,said on Saturday his forces had shot down a Syrian army helicopter in Idlib.

“Our forces shot down a helicopter and destroyed six tanks and 30 army soldiers have defected to our ranks,” al-Asaad said, Alarabiya news reported.

According to Al Jazeera news, The Syrian border guards say they have intercepted a consignment of arms brought from Turkey.

On its part, Russia called for ending violence in Syria and to initiate a political dialogue. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, speaking at the headquarters of the Arab League, said Saturday: "Moscow gives its full support for the plan of the Arab League on Syria and continues to conduct a dialogue with Damascus."

According to him, every country in the Middle East and North Africa are friends of Russia, which only wants to defend the rights of the people, their desire for freedom and evolution.

It is very important, according to the Russian Minister, that the international community continue to contribute to the dialogue between the government and opposition. It is the best not to provide support for one party to the conflict, he added.

In a related development, Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem ben Al Thani has consistently pressed the Arab League for more action on the Syrian crisis. He argues that the league needs to take more strenuous action, while Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal condemned what he calls a tepid response to the crisis in Syria, by both Arab states and the international community, Voice of America news said.

Moreover, Arab diplomats told Reuters news that the Syrian regime has begun preemptively withdrawing ambassadors from Europe because it fears EU members will expel them in response to President Bashar Assad's ruthless crackdown on an uprising.

Last week, EU member states have been discussing proposals, promoted by France, to collectively downgrade diplomatic ties both in EU capitals and Damascus, but with no agreement so far.

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Kofi Annan meets with Syrian President Bashar Assad in Damascus, March 10, 2012.Photo by: AFP
saleh1966 is based in Gaza, Ġazzah, Palestine, and is an Anchor for Allvoices.
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