U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has agreed to enter meaningful negotiations to resolve his country's civil war. Diane Hodges reports.
Diplomats say Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has agreed to enter into meaningful negotiations on his country's political future. They've agreed to (re)launch negotiations between the Syrian government and the opposition by January and want Syria to hold elections within 18 months. That's according to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNITED STATES SECRETARY OF STATE, JOHN KERRY, SAYING: "Now we are told through our partners in this effort - those at the table that is - that he (Syrian President Bashar al-Assad) is prepared to be serious, prepared to send a delegation, prepared to engage in a real negotiation along the lines of the Geneva transition." Kerry has been in Vienna, along with representatives from Russia, China, Europe and the Middle East... in search of a solution to a conflict that has raged for more than 4 years, and flooded surrounding nations and Europe with refugees. The announcement comes in the wake of Friday's attacks in Paris that claimed scores of lives. Islamic State claimed responsibility for those attacks. Kerry said the leaders agreed that more must be done to end violence in the region and the rest of the world.