Kerry says getting closer to an understanding on Syria ceasefire
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivers remarks at the Climate and Clean Energy Investment Forum at the State Department in Washington October 20, 2015. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
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GENEVA: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday talks with Russia and coalition partners were “getting closer to a place of understanding” on renewing a ceasefire in Syria, including around the city of Aleppo.

“We’re getting closer to a place of understanding, but we have some work to do, and that’s why we’re here,” Kerry said at the start of a meeting with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir in Geneva.

Jubeir condemned the escalation of fighting as a “violation of all humanitarian laws”, blaming the air strikes in Aleppo on government forces and called for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down. “He can leave through a political process, which we hope he will do, or he will be removed by force,” Jubeir said.

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