Kerry says Syria peace conference should be held soon

Peace in Syria is not possible unless Bashar al-Assad is replaced by a transitional government, says Kerry. (File photo: AFP)

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday called for a peace conference on Syria to be held “very soon.”

Kerry stressed that peace would not be possible without a transitional government to replace current Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

“We believe it is urgent to set a day, to convene the conference and work toward a new Syria,” Kerry told reporters after meeting United Nations Special Envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi in London.

Kerry emphasized that Assad was no longer able to run Syria, reported Reuters.

“We believe that President Assad has lost the legitimacy necessary to be a cohesive force that could bring people together,” he said.

The Secretary of State also added that “there has to be a transition government in Syria to permit the possibility of peace.”

(With Reuters)

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:41 - GMT 06:41