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Kerry tries to charm Syrian opposition groups into peace talks

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will lead meetings with the fractured Syrian opposition on Sunday in Paris, in a bid to convince the Syrian National Coalition’s newly re-elected leader to participate in peace talks slated to begin on January 22. As the Jan. 22 peace talks in Switzerland near,…

Sen. Lugar wary of aiding Syrian opposition

WASHINGTON — Republican US Senator Dick Lugar, one of his party’s elder statesmen on foreign policy, cautioned Tuesday against providing US aid to Syria’s opposition “at this point.” “I think for the time being we should back our ambassador, who I think is doing a great job of witnessing what…

Clinton to meet Syrian opposition in Switzerland: officials

VILNIUS — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will meet Syrian dissidents in Switzerland on Tuesday, officials said, as Washington sees Damascus increasingly isolated over its crushing of pro-democracy protests. A State Department official told reporters on condition of anonymity Monday that Clinton will meet with seven political opponents of…

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