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Syria says no political settlement as long as illegal foreign troops remain

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem has held his first meeting with new UN Special Envoy Geir Pedersen in order to discuss a political settlement of the crisis in the country.

Muallem stressed that the settlement plan for Syria must include the withdrawal of illegal foreign troops from the country.

The statement comes almost a month after US President Donald Trump announced that American troops would soon leave Syria. At the moment, the US military is continuing its campaign, leading a coalition of more than 70 countries conducting military operations against Daesh*.

However, their presence in the country has not been authorised by the government or the UN Security Council.

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