Russia, US, Turkey and Saudi fail to agree on Syria

No consensus on fate of Syrian president during meeting held in Vienna, exploring options to end five-year war.

    Russia, US, Turkey and Saudi fail to agree on Syria
    Russia has been carrying out air strikes in Syria since last month to support President Bashar al-Assad [Russia Works]

    Saudi, Turkey, Russia and the US have not reached consensus on the political fate of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad during a meeting held exploring how to end the five-year conflict that has claimed over 250,000 lives, according to the Saudi foreign minister.

    Adel al-Jubeir also confirmed on Friday that the four countries, currently represented by top diplomats in Vienna, would continue consulting on Syria, according to reports quoting Russian news agencies.

    US Secretary of State John Kerry, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, the Turkish Foreign Minister Feridun Hadi Sinirili and Saudi's al-Jubeir were involved in Friday's meeting.

    Al Jazeera's Barnaby Phillips, speaking in the Austrian capital, said Assad lies at the heart of the discussions.

    While Moscow believes Assad should remain part of the political process, others think the Syrian leader should be removed from power in order for the war to end.

    "Saudi, the US and Turkey see Assad as an obstacle for peace," Al Jazeera's Phillips said. "That crucial difference of opinion seems to be unresolved."

    Russia and Jordanian coordination

    All parties are involved in Syria militarily.

    Are Russia and the US escalating the war in Syria?

    The US campaign in Syria has been in support of rebels trying to overthrow that government. 

    Russia has been carrying out air strikes in Syria since last month to support Assad. 

    Russia's Lavrov said that he wanted Iran and Egypt to take part in any future talks on Syria.

    "We requested that future contacts take place in a more representative format," Lavrov told reporters after the meeting in comments broadcast on Russian state TV.

    He said that meant including Iran and Egypt in particular.

    Speaking after talks with the Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh, who was also in Vienna but not present at the group meetings, Lavrov called on other countries to step up efforts to bring peace to Syria.

    He also announced that Russia and Jordan had agreed to coordinate their military activities in Syria.

    Lavrov said the two countries would set up a centre in the Jordanian capital to coordinate their air campaigns over Syria.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera and agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: How does your country vote at the UN?

    Interactive: How does your country vote at the UN?

    Explore how your country voted on global issues since 1946, as the world gears up for the 74th UN General Assembly.

    'We were forced out by the government soldiers'

    'We were forced out by the government soldiers'

    We dialled more than 35,000 random phone numbers to paint an accurate picture of displacement across South Sudan.

    Interactive: Plundering Cambodia's forests

    Interactive: Plundering Cambodia's forests

    Meet the man on a mission to take down Cambodia's timber tycoons and expose a rampant illegal cross-border trade.