US postpones meeting with Russia over Syria gas attack

By REUTERS
August 27, 2013 07:06

 
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The US State Department on Monday postponed a meeting scheduled for Wednesday in The Hague between senior diplomats from the United States and Russia due to "ongoing consultations" over the chemical weapons attack in Syria.

The meeting was to have discussed plans for an international peace conference to end the civil war in Syria.

But a senior State Department official said in a statement the meeting was called off "given our ongoing consultations about the appropriate response to the chemical weapons attack in Syria on Aug. 21."

The meeting was to have been between Wendy Sherman, undersecretary for political affairs at the State Department and US Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford, and Russian deputy foreign ministers Gennady Gatilov and Mikhail Bogdanov.

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