U.S. continues to work toward Geneva II conference

The U.S. is continuing to take steps toward a Geneva II conference with the goal of brokering peace in Syria, the U.S. State Department said on Monday.

Jen Psaki, the spokesperson for the State Department, made the statement on Monday as part of her daily press briefing. When asked to provide an update on the Geneva II conference, Psaki said the U.S. is discussing the steps that lie ahead.

"(U.S. Undersecretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman), following the Geneva Iran negotiations with the P5+1, will be having a trilateral meeting next week on (November 25) where they will continue to discuss the path forward," Psaki said.

Psaki said the U.S. will not hold a conference unless the timing makes sense and it remains in touch with the opposition. She said the Russians are continuing to work with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime and the U.S. is working through the agenda and other details.

When asked if the U.S. feels the opposition would be ready and able to represent the Syrian people if the conference happened in mid-December, Psaki said the opposition is making progress.

"We're working with them," Psaki said. "We certainly feel that they have taken steps forward, including committing to attend. We're - obviously, they're working through having a representative delegation, but we certainly feel positive about their steps, and we continue to consult with them on the path forward."