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Syria's Assad says U.S. pressure, sanctions obstructing return of refugees


Syrian President Bashar al Assad on Wednesday blamed U.S. sanctions and pressure on the United Nations and the country’s neighbours for the reticence of more than 5 million refugees who fled the conflict there to return.

“There are many hurdles,” Assad said, citing U.S. sanctions at the opening of a conference in Damascus, co-hosted by Moscow, that has been boycotted by Washington, the European Union and most of Syria’s neighbours that host the bulk of its 5.6 million refugees.