Kerry says he would be willing to talk with Assad

March 16, 2015 12:05 AM

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The Obama administration has long pushed for a political settlement to the Syrian crisis and helped bring the Assad government and the Western-backed opposition to the negotiating table in early 2014. But those talks collapsed without making any headway, and there has been no serious effort as of yet to revive them.

"We've made it very clear to people that we are looking at increased steps that can help bring about that pressure," Kerry said, without elaborating on what those steps might be.

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