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Kerry says he’ll try to convince Assad to step down

Incoming US Secretary of State John Kerry made his feelings on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad plain on Feb 13th, entreating the Syrian leader that he "must end this killing."

Kerry is currently at work on new diplomatic proposals aimed at unseating Assad — who he knew well before the war broke out, according to the Washington Post — although he notes that such measures may still arrive too late to quell the bloodshed.

“My goal is to see us change his calculation. My goal is to see us have a negotiated outcome and minimize the violence,” Kerry said of Assad, soon after meeting with Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh.

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