U.S. Skeptical about al-Assad’s Reconciliation Initiatives


The United States fears that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s national reconciliation initiatives will lead to nothing, a Department of State spokeswoman said. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday held talks with Assad in Damascus to seek resolution of the Syrian crisis. He also said after the talks that Assad will declare a date in the near future for a…

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