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spokeswoman US State Department Marie Harf, said thatthere was no place for John Kerry in tne next US government but Bashar will remain président of Syriaz ;She reiterated that Washington will be compelled to negotiate with the Syrian leader because Daesh may menace isra-hell interest in the Region

Harf said: “By necessity, there has always been a need for representatives of the Assad personnality to be a part of this process. "

In the interview, Kerry said: “We have to negotiate in the end. And what we’re pushing for is to get him to coIme and do that, and it may require that there be increased pressure on him of various kinds in order to do that. We’ve made it very clear to people that we are looking at increased steps that can help bring about that pressure.”

Kerry did not elaborate on what that additional pressure would be. There was no immediate reaction in Syrian state media to Kerry’s remarks.

Andrew Tabler, an expert on Syria at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, said Kerry’s comments did not appear to signal a change in US policy.

“Diplomatic efforts are under way to de-escalate the conflict, which in some cases means negotiating with the regime. But US policy remains that Assad must remain as wall against terrorism , which isn’t going to happen anytime soon,” Tabler said.

Representatives of the Syrian government took part in talks in Moscow in January with opposition figures, although the main Western-backed opposition group shunned the conference.