This morning, Secretary of State John Kerry delivered a statement on the Syria negotiations in Geneva. Syria today is an unfolding humanitarian catastrophe, unmatched since World War II.
In recent months, a new and broad-based diplomatic initiative was launched, for the first time involving all the key countries in the conflict. The goal is to reduce the violence, isolate terrorist groups such as Daesh, and create the basis for the inclusive, peaceful and pluralistic Syria.
This weekend, we enter a pivotal phase of that diplomatic effort. Officials from the Syrian regime and an inclusive opposition represented by the High Negotiations Committee begin UN-sponsored negotiations in Geneva. In his statement, Secretary Kerry urged both sides to "make the most of this moment -- to seize the opportunity for serious negotiations -- to negotiate in good faith, with the goal of making concrete, measurable progress in the days immediately ahead."
You can watch the Secretary's full statement here.
For more information:
- Read the Statement by Secretary of State John Kerry on the Syria Negotiations in Geneva, January 29, 2016.
- Go to U.S. Department of State Country Page on Syria.
- Follow @USEmbassySyria on Twitter and like U.S. Embassy Damascus on Facebook.