Kerry ‘willing to talk to Assad’

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Published: Sunday 15th March 2015 by The News Editor

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US secretary of state John Kerry has said he would be willing to talk to Syrian president Bashar Assad to stem the nation’s violence.

In an interview with CBS News, Mr Kerry said the US is pushing for Assad to seriously discuss a transition strategy to quell the Arab country’s four-year civil war.

Mr Kerry said: “We have to negotiate in the end.”

While previous efforts saw Assad’s government not engage on a concrete plan, Mr Kerry said the US is trying “to get him to come and do that”.

He said that may require additional pressure on Assad’s Iran-backed government, which is fighting Sunni rebels and Islamic State extremists.

Published: Sunday 15th March 2015 by The News Editor

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