Last updated: 10 March, 2012

Assad has positive talks with Annan reports Syria’s state TV

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad promised international envoy Kofi Annan Saturday he would back any “honest” peace bid but warned dialogue would fail if “terrorist groups” remained, state media reported.

“Syria is ready to bring success to any honest bid to find a solution,” the official SANA news agency quoted Assad as telling Annan in their Damascus talks.

But the Syrian leader added: “No dialogue or political process can succeed as long as there are terrorist groups that are working to sow chaos and destabilise the country by attacking civilians and soldiers.”