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Kerry in Abu Dhabi for Syria talks

Published on Feb 18, 2014 12:51 AM

ABU DHABI (AFP) - US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Abu Dhabi on late Monday for talks on Syria and the Middle East hours after criticising Russia for "enabling" the Assad regime.

Arriving from Jakarta on the sixth day of his latest diplomatic tour, Mr Kerry began a meeting with Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed and Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed. He is expected to join them later for dinner.

"They will discuss important regional issues of mutual concern including the ongoing situation in Syria, specifically the humanitarian crisis and the Syrian regime's unwillingness to engage constructively in the Geneva talks," a senior State Department official said.

Earlier after meeting with Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa, Mr Kerry lashed out at Russia for supplying arms to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, despite committing to trying to find a political solution to end the three-year war.

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