Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (R) listens during a press conference with Hugo Chavez in Damascus, on October 21, 2010
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (R) listens during a joint press conference with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez at the al-Shaab Palace in Damascus, on October 21, 2010. Assad on Wednesday mourned the death of Venezuela's leader Hugo Chavez as a "great loss" for himself and the Syrian people. © Louai Beshara - AFP/File
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (R) listens during a press conference with Hugo Chavez in Damascus, on October 21, 2010
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Last updated: March 6, 2013

Chavez death "great loss for me," says Assad

President Bashar al-Assad on Wednesday mourned the death of Venezuela's leader Hugo Chavez as a "great loss" for himself and the Syrian people.

"The demise of this unique leader is as much a great loss for me personally and the Syrian people as it is for the people of Venezuela," Assad said in a statement broadcast on state television.

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