U.S. supports international help in disposal of Syria's chemical arsenal
Jen Psaki, the spokesperson for the State Department, made the remarks on Thursday during her daily press briefing. Psaki was asked if the U.S. had any response to Germany's offer to help in the disposal of Syria's chemical weapons. She said the U.S. supports the engagement of countries worldwide in the process.
"As we've said for several months now, fortunately, we certainly support the efforts of - and the engagement of countries around the world to play a contributing role," Psaki said. "I would point you to the (Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons) on specifically what part they would play or what part it would be appropriate to play."
Psaki said the U.S. held discussions with a range of countries for months about how they could contribute to the effort. While Psaki could not provide specifics on who the U.S. and the OPCW reached out to, she said they've made a range of contacts.
Psaki also said that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry spoke with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Thursday to prepare for the upcoming Geneva conference. The conference is meant to broker an agreement between the warring sides in Syria and transition into a new, mutually agreed upon government.