Syrian President admits to "some mistakes" in battling protests

Syria

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has admitted before a visiting delegation from Brazil, India and South Africa to "some mistakes made by his security forces in battling protests."

The delegates are members of an international tripartite group called IBSA, created to forge stronger cooperation between India, Brazil, and South Africa.

IBSA has been playing an increasing role in foreign policies.

In a statement to the press, the IBSA delegates expressed their grave concern at the current situation in Syria and called for an immediate end to the violence.

During meeting, President Assad assured the delegates of his commitment to the reform process.

Syrian Foreign Minister also informed the delegation that free and fair elections would also be held in Syria before the end of 2011, the statement reads.

Meanwhile, India's mission to the UN has released a statement which states that Assad was making efforts to prevent the recurrence of violence.

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