No place for Assad in Syria talks, U.S. officials say

March 16, 2015 8:47 PM

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No place for Assad in Syria talks, U.S. officials say

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States insisted on Monday it would never negotiate directly with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, edging away from comments made by Secretary of State John Kerry, and it cast doubt on any immediate prospects for third-party talks to resolve Syria’s civil war.

Kerry’s apparent suggestion in a CBS television interview on Sunday that there could be a place for Assad in efforts to reach a diplomatic solution to the Syrian conflict drew swift criticism from European and Arab allies.

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