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US' Tillerson calms allies on Syria ahead of Geneva talks


U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, trying to reassure allies that Washington was not tilting towards Moscow over the Syrian conflict, told them on Friday that the United States backed U.N. efforts to broker a political solution to the war, officials and diplomats said, APA reported citing Reuters.

 

Tillerson also said military ties with Russia hinged on its stance towards rebels fighting the government of President Bashar al-Assad, who Russia backs.

 

The diplomats also said Tillerson had stressed that Moscow's position to align itself with the Syrian government to label all rebels as terrorists would make military cooperation between Washington and Moscow complicated.

 

"In the discussion, he made it clear that there would not be military cooperation until the Russians accepted that not all the opposition are terrorists," one diplomat said.

 

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