Kerry softens deadline for agreement on Syria 'transition'

GMT 15:06 2016 Tuesday ,17 May

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Vienna - Arab Today

US Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday the August 1 date set for Syria's warring parties to agree the framework of a political transition is a "target" not a deadline.

Under the terms of the peace plan agreed by the UN Security Council, Bashar al-Assad's regime and his opposition had until August to agree the outlines of a political process.

But, speaking after a meeting of the International Syria Support Group, Kerry said: "The August date is not a drop date, it's a target date, and we all recognise that if we make significant progress and we're moving we will respect that process."

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