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US hails 'courageous' Syria opposition vote to attend peace conference

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (R) and Mexican Foreign Secretary Jose Antonio Meade (L) speak to the press prior to a bilateral meeting January 17, 2014 at the State Department in Washington, DC. Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday praised a decision by Syria's opposition leaders to attend an international conference that aims to bring an end to the war there.

"This is a courageous vote in the interests of all the Syrian people who have suffered so horribly under the brutality of the (Bashar-al-) Assad regime and a civil war without end," Kerry said in a statement, calling the opposition decision to attend the Geneva II meeting "a path that will ultimately lead to a better future for all Syrians."

 

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