August 31, 2014
DOHA, Qatar (AP) - Secretary of State John Kerry is calling for an urgent political resolution to the war in Syria. He says unless the bloodshed stops, the region could descend into a chaotic sectarian conflict.
Kerry met in Qatar today with 10 of his counterparts from Arab and European nations to coordinate aid to the rebels trying to oust Syrian President Bashar Assad. He says all the nations in attendance agreed to step up aid to the rebels.
Without offering specifics, Kerry said the assistance would help change the balance on the battlefield, where regime forces have scored recent victories.
It was Kerry's first meeting with his counterparts about aid to the Syrian rebels since President Barack Obama announced that the U.S. would send lethal aid to the opposition despite concern that weapons could fall into the hands of Islamic extremists in Syria.