March 30, 2016 / 10:43 AM / in 2 years

Assad says conflict has cost Syria more than $200 billion

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The conflict in Syria has cost the country more than $200 billion, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said in an interview with Russia’s RIA news agency published on Wednesday.

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad stands next to his wife Asma, as he addresses injured soldiers and their mothers during a celebration marking Syrian Mother's Day in Damascus, in this handout picture provided by SANA on March 21, 2016. REUTERS/SANA/Handout via Reuters

“The economic damage and damage to infrastructure exceeded $200 billion... Restoring infrastructure will take a long time”, he said.

Reporting by Lidia Kelly, Writing by Denis Pinchuk, Editing by Christian Lowe

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