The latest effort to end Syrian violence aims to bring together for the first time envoys from President Assad's government and its opponents.
Though Washington and Moscow back different sides in the conflict, Secretary of State Kerry said they are united in getting to a transitional government for Syria.
"Russia and the United States share a belief that it is extremely constructive and positive that we are working together, cooperatively, in an effort to try to implement a peaceful resolution," said Kerry.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov must move quickly.
"We should not lose this momentum generated by Minister Lavrov and Secretary Kerry," said Ban. "There is a high expectation that this meeting should be held as soon as possible.
But President Assad said there is confusion between a political solution and terrorism.
"We said from the beginning that we are prepared to talk with forces inside or outside of Syria," said Bashar. "We do not have a problem with that, but on condition that they do not carry weapons. You cannot carry a weapon and enter into dialogue.
1.initiative n. 主动权；首创精神 adj. 主动的；自发的；起始的
Such initiative is highly commendable.
2.bring together 集合；使…团结起来
Fate brought us together.
3.momentum n. 势头；[物] 动量；动力；冲力
The spinning top was losing momentum.
4.confusion n. 混淆，混乱；困惑
His speech flung the meeting into confusion.