May 9 - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will not be part of a transitional government being discussed as a way to end the country's civil war. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)
The United States still believes that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad would not be part of transitional government in the country, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday. Kerry made his comments to reporters on the sidelines of a meeting with Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh in Rome, Italy. (SOUNDBITE) (English) JOHN KERRY, U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE SAYING: "The foreign minister will work with us, as they have, to try to bring all the parties to the table so that we can effect a transition government by mutual consent of both sides, which clearly means that in our judgement President Assad will not be a component of that transitional government." Kerry also announced during the meeting that the United States would be providing an addition 100 million dollars in aid for Syrian refugees. Forty-three million dollars of that money would be directed to Jordan. Jordan Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh said he appreciated the help from the United States especially since an average of 2,000 Syrian refugees cross into their country every day.