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Saudi says negotiated Syria settlement ‘inconceivable’

A woman hugs her daughter who was injured in an explosion in Hai al-Wuroud, as they wait in a hospital in Damascus November 6, 2012. ― Reuters picA woman hugs her daughter who was injured in an explosion in Hai al-Wuroud, as they wait in a hospital in Damascus November 6, 2012. ― Reuters pic

"Damascus... which has been a city for the longest period of time, is carpet bombed. How can you conceive of the possibility of a negotiated settlement with somebody who does that to his own country, to his own history, to his own people? It is inconceivable to us," Prince Saud al-Faisal told a news conference.

He was speaking after an Arab summit focusing on economic development, which was not attended by Syria. The world's top oil exporter has led Arab efforts to isolate the government of President Bashar al-Assad, which is allied to Saudi Arabia's main regional rival Iran. — Reuters

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