Diplomats look to overcome rifts in talks to ease Syrian strife

October 30, 2015 11:02 AM

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Diplomats look to overcome rifts in talks to ease Syrian strife

VIENNA — As fighting in Syria raged, diplomats opens talks Friday seeking a pathway to end the country’s grinding conflicts that have included Russian military intervention and international rifts over the fate of Syria’s embattled president.

Diplomats from 17 nations and two organizations, the European Union and United Nations, started meetings in a five-star hotel with Secretary of State John F. Kerry at the head of a u-shaped conference table.

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