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Monday, 2 October, 2000, 11:10 GMT 12:10 UK
Syria seeks end to Iraq sanctions

President Bashar Assad of Syria has called for an Arab-led campaign to end the international sanctions imposed on Iraq after the invasion of Kuwait.

President Assad -- whose country backed the American-led military action to get Iraq out of Kuwait -- said the ten-year sanctions programme needed to be reviewed.

Speaking in Cairo on his first visit abroad since taking office, President Assad said the orginal aim had been to punish Baghdad -- but he predicted that the sanctions would soon lead to the destruction of Iraq.

The Syrian comments come a week after Russia, France and Jordan sent aid flights to Baghdad -- ignoring American and British concerns that the flights broke the United Nations sanctions policy.

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