UK tells Russia, Iran: 'Call Damascus' to end Syria conflict

LONDON - The conflict in Syria will not be resolved unless Russia and Iran use their influence on Syrian President Bashar Assad to help reach a political solution, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said on Wednesday.
Hammond also said Britain, which has repeatedly called for Assad to go, could be prepared to accept his staying in place for transition period if it helped resolve the crisis.
Speaking to parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee, Hammond said any solution had to be political rather than military, but conceded that Britain was not able to make that happen by "talking nicely" to the different players in Syria.
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