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The Syrian government’s chief negotiator said President Bashar Assad’s future was not up for discussion at peace talks, underlining the bleak prospects for reviving U.N.-led negotiations postponed by the opposition.

Bashar Ja’afari, speaking to Lebanese TV station al Mayadeen, also said his team was pushing for an expanded government as the solution to the war — an idea rejected by the opposition fighting for five years to topple Assad.

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