Top Oman diplomat meets Assad in rare Syria visit

<p>THE Oman state minister for foreign affairs Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah today met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus, Muscat said, in the Gulf official’s second visit to the war-wracked country since conflict broke out in 2011.</p> <p>The two met to discuss bilateral relations and regional security, the sultanate’s foreign ministry said in a statement, adding that Abdullah also met with his Syrian counterpart, Walid Muallem.</p>

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