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In this photo released by the official Syrian news agency, SANA, Syrian President Bashar Assad (right) meets with the speaker of the Iranian parliament, Ali Larijani (left), in Damascus, Syria, on Friday Nov. 23, 2012. Mr. Larijani was in Damascus to hold talks with Mr. Assad and other officials before flying on to neighboring Lebanon. (AP Photo/SANA)

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