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Syria’s president seeks AU support amid protests

Sunday October 23 2011

By ARGAW ASHINE, NATION Correspondent

ADDIS ABABA, Sunday 

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is seeking Africa’s support to overcome mounting pressure against his regime. 

President Assad sent his deputy foreign minister  Dr Fayssal Mikdad to Africa Union headquarters in Addis Ababa over the weekend to deliver a message to AU commission chief, Dr Jean Ping.

Africa Union spokesperson Nouredin Mezni said  the Syrian envoy explained the current situation in the country  to African Union officials and asked for solidarity to defend the interest of Syrian people. 

“Syria delegation has requested AU’s diplomatic support in the international stage and at the UN,” Mr Nouredin said. 

“We also discussed some issues of common interest between AU and Syria” he added. 

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Dr Mikdad said his country become a victim of some international media campaign against its image. 

The minister explained the ongoing political reforms in Syria to respond to the demands of Syrian people. 

Dr Fayssal stressed  the importance of solidarity between the Arab and African peoples to overcome the challenges they face.

AU commission chief Jean Ping on his part underlined the  need for the reforms Syria has started implementing in response to its people’s desire, and noted that this is the only way to preserve Syria’s stability.

Syria is one of the Arab countries has an observer status at the African Union.