Syria's President Bashar al-Assad (R) meets Iranian Minister of Economy and Finance Ali Tayebnia in Damascus March 16, 2015. REUTERS/SANA
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Syria's President Bashar Assad said Monday he was waiting for action from Washington after Secretary of State John Kerry acknowledged talks with Damascus were necessary to end the country's conflict.In Damascus, Kerry's statement was touted in the media as a policy reversal and Assad said he was waiting to see whether the remarks would be followed by action.Assad has long accused Washington of "supporting terrorism" because of its backing for the Syrian opposition, and repeated Monday that any shift in policy required an end to that.Kerry said in an interview broadcast Sunday that Washington could negotiate with Assad.said the goal remained a negotiated political settlement and unity government in Syria that excludes Assad.Kerry's comments also drew consternation from the Syrian opposition.
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