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Paris attacks heighten pressure  on Syria at Vienna talks
Published :Sunday, 15 November, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 11

VIENNA, Nov 14 : Multiple "terror" attacks in Paris increased the pressure on some 20 countries and organisations meeting in Vienna on Saturday to overcome deep divisions and help end Syria's horrific civil war.
Witnesses said that the gunmen who killed at least 128 people in Friday's wave of attacks shouted "Allahu Akbar" ("God is greatest") and blamed France's military intervention in Syria against Islamic State (IS) extremists.
The Vienna talks, involving key players Saudi Arabia and Iran as well as Russia, come however as rebels suffer a number of setbacks in Syria and Iraq, with Russian strikes helping President Bashar al-Assad's regime regain territory.
Arriving in the Austrian capital, Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said that the "heinous" attacks in Paris are in "violation and contravention of all ethics, morals and religions".
"The kingdom of Saudi Arabia has long called for more intensified international efforts to combat the scourge of terrorism in all its forms and shapes," he said.
US Secretary of State John Kerry, who on Friday met with Jubeir as well as the UN special envoy for Syria, Steffan de Mistura, had warned before heading to the talks that a quick breakthrough was unlikely.     ?AFP










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