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Sudan's president is first Arab leader to visit Syria since crisis

Sudan's president is first Arab leader to visit Syria since crisis
FILE PHOTO: Sudan’s President Omar Al Bashir addresses the nation during the 62nd Anniversary Independence Day at the Palace in Khartoum, Sudan December 31, 2017. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah -
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MOHAMED NURELDIN ABDALLAH(Reuters)
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AMMAN (Reuters) - Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir arrived in the Syrian capital Damascus on Sunday, the first such visit by an Arab leader since the start of the Syrian conflict, Syrian state media said.

President Bashar al Assad welcomed him at the airport, official photos showed. Many Arab countries have shunned Assad since the conflict that began early in 2011 after protests calling for his downfall swept Syria.

(Reporting by Suleiman Al-Khalidi; Editing by Catherine Evans)

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