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The visit comes nearly four months before Assad's seven-year term officially expires. Syrian officials have said the presidential elections would be held on time, according to the constitution. The election must be held between 60 and 90 days before Assad's term ends on July 17 .Syria's civil war, now entering its fourth year, has killed more than 140,000 people.Also, a U.N. estimate from July said 6.5 million Syrians have been uprooted from their homes and displaced within the country.
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