Spain: Engaging with Assad a ‘lesser evil’

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(Beirut Daily Star) Spain’s foreign minister pleaded Wednesday in favor of engaging with Syrian leader Bashar Assad to deal with the terror threat in Europe, just days after deadly attacks in Paris.

“The lesser evil is to come to an agreement with Bashar Assad to begin a ceasefire allowing aid to reach the displaced… kick-start a political transition and above all attack our common enemy — Daesh (ISIS),” Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo told TVE television.

“We have to replace the ‘Bashar yes or Bashar no’ discourse by one of peace or war. If you want peace, you are going to have get along with Assad at least on a temporary basis.”

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