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Syria's Assad calls for aid cooperation without hurting 'sovereignty'

BEIRUT - Syria's President Bashar Assad has said government agencies should increase cooperation on aid work but it must be done without "compromising national sovereignty", state media reported.

  

Blaming "terrorists" for inflicting suffering on civilians, Assad was quoted by state news agency SANA late on Saturday as saying aid work was a top priority for the government and urged agencies to increase cooperation.

 

Assad stressed "the importance of delivering aid without delay and continuing field work with all concerned bodies domestically and abroad to ease relief operations without compromising national sovereignty", SANA said. (Reuters)