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France, Britain dismiss calls to renew relations with Syria's Assad

Feb 27, 2015    

PARIS (Reuters) - France and Britain dismissed on Friday any suggestion of restoring relations with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, saying this would likely end all hope of a political transition and push moderates into the arms of radical Islamist groups.With the rise of Islamic State insurgents, some European |Union member states are critical of the position in Paris and London and say it might be time to re-establish communication with Damascus given that a four-year-old revolt has failed to overthrow Assad, diplomats say.In a column published in Arabic daily Al-Hayat and France's Le Mond...

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