Foreign ministers from Arab and Western countries have been meeting for talks on Syria in London.
The eleven ministers – who call themselves the ‘Friends of Syria’ group – want Syrian opposition groups to join peace talks in Geneva.
The Syrian National Coalition has said it would not attend the Geneva talks unless President Assad is removed from power.
US Secretary of State John Kerry also met with Syrian opposition leaders in London to try to persuade them.
Kerry told a press conference: “Our job as the eleven states who form the chore group of the friends of Syria is to do everything in our power to help the opposition be able to come together with a strong unified position and a representative body at Geneva so that they can negotiate effectively”
Meanwhile Assad said in an interview with Lebanese television that he saw no reason why he should not run for re-election next year.
He also added that the proposed Geneva peace talks will not succeed as they do not properly represent the Syrian people.
The ‘Geneva 2’ conference is expected to take place on November 23, although no date has been set officially.
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