Dec 16, 2015, 11:40 AM
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Kerry: US not after 'regime change' in Syria

Tehran, Dec 16, IRNA – The US Secretary of State John Kerry has said the United States is not seeking regime change in Syria.

He made the remarks after lengthy talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Tuesday, the ABC news reported.

He said the U.S. and Russia see the conflict 'fundamentally very similarly.'

“The statement appeared to be the most explicit sign yet that the U.S. is softening its policy towards Assad and marked a significant rhetorical shift for the U.S. towards Russia’s policy in Syria, which previously American officials were almost fundamentally at odds with,” according to ABC news.

“Despite the different positions of our countries, we have shown that Russia and the United States are moving in the same direction,” Kerry said.

“The massive influx of refugees into Europe -- as well as recent terror attacks by the Islamic State (Daesh terrorist group) -- have prompted the U.S. to begin more actively looking for diplomatic solutions to the crisis,” the US news website said.

The Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov too said on Tuesday that the Daesh issue was not limited to Syria, as the group was also active in Iraq, Afghanistan and Yemen, according to the Syrian Arab News Agency.

The political compromise in Syria requires “our continuous commitment' within Vienna agreements, Lavrov said during a meeting with his American counterpart John Kerry in Moscow.

Kerry, for his part, pointed out that “the world benefits when powerful nations can find common grounds.”

On Daesh, Kerry said Russia and the US both agreed it was “a threat to every country… these are the worst of terrorists, they leave no choice but for civilized nations to join together and push them back and destroy them.”