Kerry optimistic on Syria talks

Opposition pushes to keep Assad, extremists from meetings

Posted: October 23, 2013 at 5:26 a.m.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks Tuesday at the British Foreign Office in London. Kerry said negotiations with Bashar Assad’s government are likely to take place late next month, but he would not confirm they have been set for Nov. 23, a date mentioned by other officials.

Moderate opposition leaders seeking to oust Syrian President Bashar Assad from power have not yet committed to negotiations to create a new government, America’s top diplomat said Tuesday, casting new doubt on flagging hopes to end the civil war as quickly as possible.

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