Statement by State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki on Syria

As Secretary Kerry and many members of the Administration have said many times, the only way to bring an end to the suffering of the Syrian people is through a genuine political solution consistent with the Geneva principles.

By necessity there has always been a need for representatives of the Asad regime to be a part of this process. It would not be and has never been Asad who would negotiate – and the Secretary was not saying that today.

Our policy has not changed–there is no future for a brutal dictator like Asad in Syria and we remain committed to pursuing all diplomatic avenues to negotiating a political solution. As the President and Secretary Kerry have said, Asad has lost all legitimacy, and his regime’s brutality against the Syrian people has helped violent extremists recruit support.