April 20 - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrives in Istanbul Saturday for discussions regarding the current state of Syria. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Turkey's largest city of Istanbul on Saturday (April 20) where he was scheduled to attend a Friends of Syria meeting. International powers will search for a peaceful settlement to Syria's civil war with fresh urgency after a rebel faction aligned itself with al Qaeda, diplomats and opposition. Kerry is expected to announce a new aid package, which would mark a recalibration of U.S. policy toward rebel groups in the Syrian civil war. The United States plans to provide about 100 million U.S. dollars in new non-lethal aid to the Syrian opposition that could include for the first time battlefield support equipment such as body armour and night-goggles. The new assistance would still stop short of supplying weapons to insurgents fighting to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. It is also far less than what is being sought by Syrian opposition leaders, U.S. allies like Britain and France and some U. S. lawmakers.