Kerry slams regime comments on Assad removal

US Secretary of State says Syrian foreign minister's remarks are 'clearly trying to disrupt the process... (he was) clearly trying to send a message of deterrence to others'

Kerry slams regime comments on Assad removal

World Bulletin / News Desk

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday described comments by his Syrian counterpart that removing President Bashar al-Assad would cross a "red line" as an attempt to disrupt the peace process.

Speaking after talks with European allies in Paris, Kerry said Foreign Minister Walid Muallem's remarks were "clearly trying to disrupt the process... (he was) clearly trying to send a message of deterrence to others".

"But the fact is (Assad's) strongest sponsors Russia and Iran have both adopted... an approach which dictates that there must be a political transition and that we must have a presidential election at some time," Kerry said on the eve of a new round of peace talks.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault also said Muallem's comments were a "provocation".

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