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    Syrian VP makes public appearance, ending defection rumours

    Al Jazeera English

    by Al Jazeera English

    Farouq al-Sharaa, the Syrian vice president, have met an Iranian delegation on Sunday, Syria's state news agency said, marking the official's first appearance in weeks and ending rumours by opposition activists that he had defected from President Bashar al-Assad's government. SANA news agency said the vice president would meet with a parliamentary delegation from Assad's main regional ally Iran, led by senior legislator Aleddin Borougerdi. Al Jazeera's James Bays reports.