|French Foreign Affairs Minister Laurent Fabius (1st L) speaks at a news conference held at the French foreign ministry during a "Friends of Syria" meeting ahead of Geneva II peace talks, in Paris, Jan. 12, 2014. (Xinhua/Chen Xiaowei)
PARIS, Jan. 13 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday that he and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov discussed the possibility of a ceasefire in Syria ahead of peace talks in Geneva later this month.
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Syrian gov't to convey Assad's "directives" during Geneva II: deputy FM
DAMASCUS, Jan. 12 (Xinhua) -- Syria's Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad said Sunday that the Syrian government will participate in the upcoming Geneva II peace conference and will convey the "directives" of President Bashar al-Assad, the state- run SANA news agency reported.
"We will go to Geneva after several days and will convey the directives of President Bashar al-Assad, who has the final say in Syria," Mekdad said. Full story