Secretary of State John F. Kerry pressed Syria’s opposition coalition and President Bashar al-Assad’s government Thursday to commit to negotiations on a peaceful settlement to the country’s civil war, saying there “is no military solution.”
“There is only a political solution, and that will require leadership in order to bring people to the table,” Kerry told reporters during his first U.N. visit as the United States’ top diplomat.
With U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at his side, Kerry said he had reassured Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov that the Obama administration remains committed to a long-delayed, and as yet unscheduled, peace conference to be sponsored by the United States and Russia. “We will try our hardest to make that happen as soon as possible,” Kerry said.
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