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Iran president urges restraint of Assad

Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad has urged his Syrian counterpart, Bashar al-Assad, to back away from his crackdown on protesters and enter talks with the opposition, Radio Free Europe reported. Ahmadinejad made the remarks in an interview with Portuguese broadcaster Radioteleviao Portuguesa. Iran, a key ally of Damascus, has blamed the United States and Israel for instigating more than five months of protests in Syria. The United States and other nations have accused Iran of helping Assad crush the uprising.

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