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Hollande meets Brahimi as violence in Syria continues

(Xinhua)

14:59, August 21, 2012

French President Francois Hollande (L) meets with visiting UN-Arab League special envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi, at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, Aug. 20, 2012. The two sides discussed the recent development of Syrian conflicts and seeking ways to pave for a political transition. (Xinhua/Gao Jing)

PARIS, Aug. 20 (Xinhua) -- French President Francois Hollande met on Monday visiting UN-Arab League special envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi, discussing the recent development of Syrian conflicts and seeking ways to pave for a political transition.

After a 40-minute talks, Hollande stressed that "there can not be a political solution without the departure of (Syrian President) Bashar al-Assad."

Hollande also "reiterated (Paris) commitment in favor of a free, democratic Syria respectful of the rights of each of its communities," said a statement.

Meanwhile, veteran Algerian diplomat Brahimi noted France's "imporant role" in "everything that happens around Syria."

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