US-Russia meeting on Syria postponed
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US-Russia meeting on Syria postponed

Meeting was meant to set up an international conference for finding a political solution to Syrian crisis

Columns of smoke rising from heavy shelling in the Jobar neighborhood in west Damascus, Syria. (photo credit: AP/Hassan Ammar)
Columns of smoke rising from heavy shelling in the Jobar neighborhood in west Damascus, Syria. (photo credit: AP/Hassan Ammar)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department says it is postponing a meeting with Russian diplomats on Syria this week.

The meeting at The Hague was about setting up an international conference to find a political resolution to the Syrian crisis. A senior State Department official said Monday the meeting between Undersecretary Wendy Sherman and US Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford with their Russian counterparts was postponed because of the ongoing US review about alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria.

The US says it has evidence that chemical weapons very likely were used by the government of Bashar Assad. The US official said the meeting will be rescheduled because a political solution is still needed in Syria.

The official was not authorized to publicly confirm the changes and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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