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