Kerry says U.S, U.N. and Russia will work together on Syria
Kerry made the remarks on Friday after a trilateral meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.N. and Arab League Special Envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi. Kerry met with Lavrov and Brahimi to discuss the proposed initiative to remove and destroy the chemical weapons in Syria. He said the U.S. and Russia are committed to work together to help Syria emerge from its deadly civil war.
"Both of us - Sergei Lavrov and I, our countries, our presidents - are deeply concerned about the death toll and destruction, the acts on both sides, all sides that are creating more and more refugees, more and more of the humanitarian catastrophe," Kerry said. "And we are committed to try to work together, beginning with this initiative on the chemical weapons, in hopes that those efforts could pay off and bring peace and stability to a war-torn part of the world."
Kerry said the U.S. and Russia will work individually on the matter for now and talk again around the time of the U.N. General Assembly on September 28. He said the next date for the conference will depend on the ability to have success on the subject of chemical weapons in the upcoming hours and days.
Kerry expressed appreciation for Brahimi for hosting the talks in an attempt to advance the initiative.