Syria meeting agrees Assad can have no role in future govt: Hague

22nd October 2013, Comments 0 comments

Western and Arab powers meeting with Syrian opposition leaders in London agreed Tuesday that President Bashar al-Assad could play no role in any future government, British Foreign Secretary William Hague said.

The so-called Friends of Syria leaders were meeting with rebel chiefs including the head of the Syrian National Coalition to persuade them to attend a major peace conference in Geneva next month.

Hague told a press conference after the meeting that they had agreed a "number of important steps", while urging the coalition to commit itself to the Geneva conference.

"First we agreed that we would put our united and collective weight behind the UN-led Geneva 2 process which must lead to establishing by mutual consent a transitional governing body with executive powers," Hague said.

"By definition mutual consent means it can only be agreed with the consent of the Syrian National Coalition -- so Assad would play no role in that future government of Syria."

He added: "Despite the enormous challenges faced by the Syrian opposition, we urged the National Coalition to commit itself fully to the Geneva 2 process, and lead and form the heart of any opposition delegation."


© 2013 AFP

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