Kerry Says Assad Staying Is a Non-Starter in Syria Talks

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  • Secretary of state speaks before heading to talks in Vienna
  • Russia's offering a plan that doesn't call for Assad to leave

US Secretary of State John Kerry speaks on the US strategy in Syria during an address at the United States Institute of Peace on Nov. 12, in Washington, DC.

Photographer: Mandel NGan/AFP/Getty Images

The U.S. and its allies remain firmly opposed to any role for President Bashar al-Assad in Syria’s future, Secretary of State John Kerry said, drawing a sharp line of disagreement with Iran and Russia before talks in Vienna resume.

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