Syrian VP appears in public, ending defection rumor

Syrian Vice President Farouk Al-Sharaa meets with Alaeddin Boroujerdi (not shown), the head of Iran's powerful parliamentary committee on national security and foreign policy, in Damascus, Syria, Sunday, August 26, 2012. The appearance ended rumors that Al-Sharaa had defected to Jordan. AP Photo/Bassem Tellawi

(AP) AMMAN, Jordan - Syrian Vice President Farouk Al-Sharaa has made his first public appearance in several weeks, ending rumors that he defected.

Al-Sharaa was last seen at the funeral of four top Syrian government officials who were killed in a blast in Damascus on July 18.

Since then, speculation has circulated that he defected to Jordan in what would have been a blow to Bashar Assad's regime.

Jordan and Al-Sharaa's office repeatedly denied he defected.

On Sunday, reporters saw Al-Sharaa exit his car and walk to his office for a meeting with Alaeddin Boroujerdi, head of Iran's powerful parliamentary committee on national security and foreign policy.

An Associated Press reporter at the scene said Al-Sharaa looked serious and steered away from reporters covering the meeting. He did not make a statement.

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