Syria

Kerry Urges Syrian Opposition to Join Peace Talks, Dismisses Regime's Recommendation Conference Discuss Terrorism

U.S. secretary of state wants a political settlement

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The United States urged Syria's opposition on Thursday to attend January 22 peace talks and criticized its government for suggesting the meeting should be about fighting terrorism rather than forging a political settlement.

The comments by Secretary of State John Kerry, less than a week before the talks are to begin, suggest some uncertainty by the United States over whether the opposition will show up at the U.N.-hosted conference in Montreux, Switzerland.