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    Damascus Hopes Trump's Administration to Change US Policy Toward Syria

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    Syrian authorities hope that the future administration of US President-elect Donald Trump will reconsider Washington's policy toward the Middle Eastern nation, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem said Sunday.

    DAMASCUS (Sputnik) — He added that anyone, who would analyze the policy of incumbent US President Barack Obama, would recognize that it was "erroneous" and should be corrected through the dialogue between Moscow and Washington.

    "[Damascus hopes] that the United States will reconsider its policy toward Syria under the new administration," Muallem told reporters, adding that it was too early to make any conclusions about the policy of Trump's administration.

    The Syrian official added that Damascus wanted Washington to make the states supporting terror activities in the region stop this practice.

    "In practice, we want the next US administration not to stop terror groups, but to contain regional states, known for their support for terrorism."

    On November 8, Trump managed to come ahead of his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in the US presidential elections, securing at least 290 electoral votes, which is 20 more than 270 votes required to win the presidency.

    During his election campaign Trump said that the incumbent Syrian President Bashar Assad was not an ideal Syria's governor, but several opposition groups that could come to power after his resignation could be worse. Trump said that his priority in Syria would be to eliminate the Daesh jihadist group, outlawed in many countries, including the United States and Russia, and not to remove Assad from power.

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