Kerry says hopes talks with Russia on Syria ‘nearing the end’

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday talks between the United States and Russia on military cooperation in the fight against Islamic State in Syria were nearing an end, with technical teams meeting this week to discuss details. “We are in indeed engaged currently in ongoing conversations, and it is my hope that we are reaching the end of those discussions one way or another,” Kerry told a news conference during a visit to Kenya. “But that decision has to be made on the basis of where we are in the next couple of days.” Kerry said the “Syrian travesty” had gone on for too long and it was imperative that powers supporting the Syrian regime, – Russia and Iran – and those backing the opposition – the United States and its Middle East partners – came together to end the fighting.

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