US Secretary of State John Kerry says foreign-backed opposition groups in Syria are doubtful about participating in the upcoming peace talks in Geneva.
After meeting with opposition leader Ahmad al-Jarba on Tuesday, Kerry said, “They have to make up their mind”.
The US top diplomat said that Jarba’s coalition groups are set to meet next week to decide whether to participate in the Geneva II conference, scheduled to be held next month.
After a meeting in London on Tuesday between the representatives of Syria’s opposition coalition and foreign ministers from the so-called Friends of Syria group, UK Foreign Secretary William Hague said the participants have agreed that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad “would play no role” in the future of Syria.
The Syrian government has said that it will participate in the Geneva talks, but will not negotiate with “terrorists.”