Report: Spain offered Syria's Assad asylum
Spain in July sent a secret mission to Syria to attempt to find a solution to the current conflict there and offer asylum to President Bashar al-Assad and his family, the Spanish newspaper El Pais reported Monday.
A confidante of Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, Bernardino Leon, had unsuccessfully put forward proposals for a peaceful transition of power, the paper wrote, DPA reported.
There was no comment from the Spanish government on the report.
As the Syrian government's crackdown on demonstrators has become increasingly bloody, Spain had also given up on the proposals, the paper wrote.
Leon was an foreign policy advisor to Zapatero at the time and is now the EU's special representative for the southern Mediterranean.