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US denies Kerry said Syria policy failing

Published on Feb 4, 2014 6:45 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The US administration on Monday, Feb 3, 2014, stood by its policy on Syria denying that Secretary of State John Kerry had called for a change of strategy and to arm opposition rebels.

Quoting influential Republican senators, some US media claimed that in a meeting on the sidelines of a security conference in Munich the top US diplomat had said US policy in Syria was failing and it was time for a change.

"No one in the administration thinks we're doing enough until the humanitarian crisis has been solved and the civil war has ended," said State Department spokesman Jen Psaki.

She told reporters she had taken part in the hour-long meeting with US lawmakers in the German city, but insisted that "at no point did (Kerry) state what I think was quoted, that the process had failed".

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