Syria: U.S. Secretary Kerry Says President Assad “Must go”

By L. Wroughton, J. Davey, D. Evans .Sept. 20, 2015. Channel NewsAsia.

John Kerry Meets With UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond At State Dept WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 08: United Kingdom Foreign Minister Philip Hammond (L) and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (R) answer questions during a joint press conference following a private meeting at the State Department October 8, 2014 in Washington, DC. Hammond and Kerry discussed strategy relating to the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, efforts to combat the Ebola virus, and developments in Ukraine during their remarks. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Saturday Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad has to go but the timing of his departure had to be decided through negotiation.

Speaking after talks with British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond he called on Russia and Iran to use their influence to convince al-Assad to negotiate.

He said there is an urgency to renewing efforts to find a political settlement to end the four-year war and worsening refugee crisis in Syria.

“We need to get to the negotiation. That is what we’re looking for and we hope Russia and Iran, and any other countries with influence, will help to bring about that, because that’s what is preventing this crisis from ending,” said Kerry. “We’re prepared to negotiate.”

Bashar Al-Assad

#Syria: President Bashar Al-Assad.

Is Assad prepared to negotiate, really negotiate?

Is Russia prepared to bring him to the table?

“Kerry said of Assad’s removal, “it doesn’t have to be on day one or month one … there is a process by which all the parties have to come together to reach an understanding of how this can best be achieved.”

Channel NewsAsia: US says Assad must go, timing down to negotiation

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