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June 13, 2000
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The nominee for Syrian president said in a recent interview that Israel used security concerns as a pretext for not pressing ahead with peace talks. The comments of Bashar Assad, son of the late Syrian President Hafez Assad, were published in the Saudi daily Asharq al-Awsat. Meanwhile, Bashar reportedly told President Clinton by telephone that Syria would pull its troops out of Lebanon only if asked to do so by the Lebanese government.

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