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Kerry, Hague, Moualem, Lavrov hold respective talks

Monday, September 09, 2013 - 01:31

Sept. 9 - Foreign ministers hold talks in London and Moscow over the ongoing crisis in Syria. Julie Noce reports.

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Two separate meetings Monday from leaders on the two sides of the Syrian conflict. In London, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with British Foreign Minister William Hague after a whirlwind trip through Europe aimed at drumming up support for military action against the Syrian regime. Kerry reconfirmed that any military action would be short-term and limited, but that - (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY, SAYING "... that the end of the conflict in Syria requires a political solution. There is no military solution, we have no illusions about that." If and how the Syrian government used chemical weapons to kill hundreds of citizens is still up for debate with both the opposition and President Bashar al-Assad's regime pointing their fingers at each other. In Moscow, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem met with Russian ally and counterpart Sergei Lavrov. In his statement, Moualem evoked 9/11 and accused Obama of supporting the same people responsible for the attacks. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) SYRIAN FOREIGN MINISTER WALID AL-MOUALEM, SAYING (ACCORDING TO OFFICIAL TRANSLATION): "We are also asking ourselves a question how Obama can pursue such intentions and by doing this support those who in their time blew up the World Trade Center in New York, and the anniversary of this event is coming in just two days time." Congressional leaders will reconvene from summer recess later Monday to discuss the matter further. A vote could come later in the week.

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Kerry, Hague, Moualem, Lavrov hold respective talks

Monday, September 09, 2013 - 01:31