John Kerry: ‘Assad must go’

When on a visit in London the US secretary of state John Kerry said Bashar al-Assad “must go”.

The answer he got from the Britain’s foreign secretary William Hague was that the UK is about to increase significantly its support for Syria’s opposition.

Mr. Kerry said: “The Assad regime has rained down rockets on the people of Aleppo”.

On Tuesday in Berlin he is going to meet the Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov and Syrian opposition members to whom he said they had better attend the conference in Rome in Thursday if they wanted any results.

He said he was “frustrated” from the number of killed people and the fact that there was a lack of an international political solution.

In the words of Mr. Kerry, Britain and the US opposed to the prospect of Iran obtaining nuclear weapons.

He said: “An Iran with a nuclear weapon is simply unacceptable.”

The spokesman of the prime minister announced that at the meeting between Mr. Cameron and Mr. Kerry the latter did not talk about the possible exit of Britain from the European Union. The topic of their discussion was a free trade agreement between the US and the EU and the possibility of taking the progress forward at the next G8 summit in Northern Ireland in June.

The route of Mr. Kerry includes nine countries as he will stop in Paris, Rome, Ankara, Cairo, Riyadh, Abu Dhabi and Doha.

BBC diplomatic correspondent Bridget Kendall said: “What is clear is that the British government is pretty pleased that the US secretary of state decided that his first port of call on this his first major trip abroad should be Britain, he then goes on to European capitals…and it is in marked contrast with the last secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, who…rather pointedly went to Asia first.”

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