BEIRUT The Syrian government said on Saturday it would not hold talks with any party wishing to discuss the question of the presidency, calling President Bashar al-Assad a "red line" as it confirmed its participation in U.N.-led peace talks next week.
"We will not talk to anyone who talks about the position of the presidency. Bashar is a red line, the property of the Syrian people," Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem said during a televised news conference in Damascus. "I advise them that if this is their thinking, they shouldn't come to the talks."
"They must abandon these delusions."
(Writing by Tom Perry; Editing by Angus MacSwan)
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