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Syria VP appears in public, ending defection rumour

Ending rumors of his defection from the Al-Assad regime, Syrian Vice President Farouk Al-Sharaa makes his first public appearance in several weeks

AP , Sunday 26 Aug 2012
Farouk Al-Sharaa
Syrian Vice President Farouk al-Sharaa . ( Photo: Reuters)
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Syrian Vice President Farouk Al-Sharaa has made his first public appearance in several weeks, ending rumours that he defected.

Al-Sharaa was last seen at the funeral of four top Syrian government officials who were killed in a blast in Damascus on 18 July. Since then, speculation has circulated that he defected to Jordan in what would have been a blow to Bashar Al-'s regime. Jordan and Al-Sharaa's office repeatedly denied he defected.

On Sunday, reporters saw Al-Sharaa exit his car and walk to his office for a meeting with Alaeddin Boroujerdi, head of Iran's powerful parliamentary committee on national security and foreign policy.

An Associated Press reporter at the scene said Al-Sharaa looked serious and steered away from reporters covering the meeting. He did not make a statement.

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