U.S., Rus­sia dis­cuss Syria’s fu­ture

Austin American-Statesman - - THE SECOND FRONT - By Bradley Klapper

a peace process based on a po­lit­i­cal tran­si­tion strat­egy the U.S. and Rus­sia agreed on in Geneva in June. Then the process bogged down over how the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity might en­force its con­di­tions.

The former Cold War foes have fought bit­terly over how to ad­dress the con­flict, but Clin­ton stressed they shared a com­mon goal. “We have been try­ing hard to work with Rus­sia to try to stop the blood­shed in Syria and start a po­lit­i­cal tran­si­tion for a post-As­sad Syr­ian fu­ture,” she said.

A se­nior U.S. of­fi­cial said both Clin­ton and Lavrov sup­ported Brahimi’s ef­forts, and agreed to a meet­ing chaired by the en­voy next week that would in­clude se­nior U.S. and Rus­sian of­fi­cials to dis­cuss next steps.

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