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Syrian government advisor pours scorn on torture report

Bassam Abu Abdullah, a spokesman for the Syrian ministry of information, has told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that he has low expectations ahead of the Geneva II peace conference, aimed at finding a political solution to the three-year conflict in Syria.

He explained that he believed it would be "a long time" before a solution is found, but that there is "a change in atmosphere" surrounding the issue of terrorism in Syria.

Mr Abdullah also stated that Syria's President Assad had a long-term future as the country's leader.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Wednesday 22 January 2014.

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