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Inside Syria - Can dialogue end Syria's crisis?

The head of the Syrian National Coalition has intensified his push for talks with President Bashar al-Assad's government, despite criticism and opposition from his colleagues in the coalition. Moaz al-Khatib went as far as as identifying Farouk al-Sharaa, Syria's deputy president, as the figure with whom he would like to begin talks. This initiative from the head of the SNC to talk to Assad's government came with certain conditions; mainly the release of 160,000 prisoners and the extension of passports held by Syrian citizens. The Syrian government responded saying it is open to dialogue, but with no preconditions. So, is dialogue the best way out of the crisis in Syria? To discuss this, Inside Syria with presenter Hazem Sika is joined by guests: Najib Ghadbian, a member of the Syrian National Coalition and its representative in the US; Hillary Mann-Leverett, a professor of US foreign policy at the American University and co-author of the new book: Going to Tehran: Why the United States Must Come to Terms with the Islamic Republic of Iran; and Joseph Kechichian, a Middle East analyst and a columinst for Gulf News.

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