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Syrian Troops Seen Staying in Cities Until Peace Restored

March 31 (Bloomberg) -- Syrian troops will remain in the cities until peace and security and normal life are restored, the official Syrian Arab News Agency said, citing an interview with Jihad Maqdisi, Foreign Ministry spokesman, aired on Syrian Satellite TV yesterday.

The presence of Syrian troops in cities is for defensive purposes to protect civilians, Maqdisi was cited as saying by the news service.

To contact the reporter on this story: Glen Carey in Riyadh at gcarey8@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at barden@bloomberg.net

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