The United States, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Turkey put forward new ideas to revive a failed push for a political transition in Syria, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday. But they remained deeply divided over the future of Syrian President Bashar Assad. The top diplomats from the four countries agreed to meet again in an expanded format with representatives from other nations this week, but the only concrete result of this week's talks appeared to be an agreement between Jordan and Russia to coordinate military operations in Syria. Kerry said there was no decision on whether to invite Iran to future meetings. Kerry said he, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir and Turkish Foreign Minister Feridun Sinirlioğlu went over proposals to restart talks on how to create a transitional government.
After the meeting, Kerry told reporters the "meeting was constructive and productive and succeeded in surfacing some ideas, which I am not going to share today, but which I hope has a possibility of changing the dynamic."
The U.S., Turkey and Saudi Arabia all share the view that Assad must go if the conflict is to be resolved. Russia began airstrikes in Syria last month that it said targeted Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) militants, but the U.S. and its allies say the strikes are bolstering forces loyal to Assad rather than targeting militants. Kerry said the U.S. and allied nations "understand that Assad creates an impossible dynamic for peace." Kerry suggested political talks could patch up the differences.
Lavrov said Russia's support for Assad remains strong. "Our partners have some obsession with the figure of the Syrian president, but we reaffirmed our position," Lavrov said.
Saudia Arabia's foreign minister insisted on Sunday that Assad should have no role in Syria's "future," adding there had been some progress in international talks on resolving the conflict.
FM al-Jubeir made the comments after meeting his Egyptian counterpart in Cairo, and a day after Saudi Arabia and the United States called for more international efforts to restore stability in Syria without Assad. "There are ongoing international consultations on implementing the Geneva 1 proposal," Jubeir told a news conference, referring to a 2012 initiative for a transitional Syrian government. "I think there has been some progress so far and positions are coming closer...but I can't say we've reached an agreement and there needs to be more consultations," he said.
Jubeir, whose country supports anti-Assad opposition while opposing Iranian and Russian military intervention on his behalf, said "most countries" shared the kingdom's views on solving the four-year-conflict.
"And Bashar al-Assad will have no role in Syria's future. That is the position of the kingdom and that is the position of most countries in the world," he said.
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