Analysis: Kerry ready to dirty hands in diplomatic deal-making
May 7th, 2013
01:52 PM ET

Analysis: Kerry ready to dirty hands in diplomatic deal-making

By Elise Labott

WASHINGTON (CNN) - It was just after 1 a.m. in Istanbul when John Kerry emerged from the Friends of Syria meeting, flanked by Turkey's foreign minister, Qatar's prime minister and Moaz al-Khatib, leader of Syria's political opposition.

The meeting between the Syrian opposition and foreign ministers from 11 of Syria's main backers ran hours past the original deadline. The gathering was intended to get the opposition and international community on the same page about the pace and scope of aid, but it devolved into an extended argument about what one diplomat called "competing agendas" among the supporters.

Kerry took the reins in negotiating the communique, line by line, not letting anyone leave the room until it was finished. In the statement, the group agreed to channel all military assistance through the military council of the U.S.-backed Syrian National Coalition, a significant stab in curbing the escalating influence of al Qaeda-linked groups that have joined the effort to oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Kerry also pushed the opposition to make strong and verifiable commitments to reject extremism and adhere to pluralism and human rights.

After taking questions from the press, Kerry went back into a meeting with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and al-Khatib, returning to his hotel well past 3 a.m.

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    May 8, 2013 at 2:48 am | Reply
  2. helenecha

    Telling people that al Qaeda-linked groups have joined the effort to oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad makes no sense. But if we were being told which kinds of people are joining Assad regime fighting against rebel force, it would make sense. Who will be the final winner, as the regime is sure to be home to the terrorists?

    May 7, 2013 at 11:47 pm | Reply
  3. Marine5484

    No surprise here since Kerry works for the M.I.C. the same as that goon Obama does and carries out their orders! If anyone thinks that the U.S. is still a democracy, they are sadly mistaken. They should have listened when Pres. Eisenhower warned us about this sinister organization back in 1959! Now it has degenerated into a right-wing oligarchy!

    May 7, 2013 at 5:07 pm | Reply
  4. Rtuk Fdrtuk

    Saeed didnt you get droned before Kerry became the S.S.

    May 7, 2013 at 3:46 pm | Reply
  5. saeed

    Kerry the Irish half breed potato farmer from Dublin has pulled a potato out of the ground.

    May 7, 2013 at 3:36 pm | Reply

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