John Kerry (left) shakes hands with UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan at the foreign ministry in Abu Dhabi on November 11, 2013
John Kerry (left) shakes hands with UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan at the foreign ministry in Abu Dhabi on November 11, 2013 © Jason Reed - Pool/AFP
John Kerry (left) shakes hands with UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan at the foreign ministry in Abu Dhabi on November 11, 2013
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Last updated: November 11, 2013

Kerry says Syria opposition joining talks would be big step

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US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday that the participation of Syria's opposition in mooted peace talks in Geneva would be a "big step".

"We take note of the fact that yesterday the Syrian opposition voted to go to the Geneva II. This is a big step forward and a significant one," said Kerry.

The opposition Syrian National Coalition said they are willing to join the talks, but on the condition that President Bashar al-Assad transfers power and is excluded in any transition process.

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