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| 18 September, 2017

Syrian reconstruction only after political transition 'away from Assad': Britain

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson arrives at a meeting to discuss the Rohingya situation during the United Nations General Assembly in New York City, U.S. September 18, 2017.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson arrives at a meeting to discuss the Rohingya situation during the United Nations General Assembly in New York City, U.S. September 18, 2017.

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Johnson was speaking after a meeting of about 14 countries that back the Syrian opposition

NEW YORK - Britain, the United States and other countries opposed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will not support the reconstruction of the country until there is a political transition "away from Assad," British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said on Monday.

"We believe that the only way forward is to get a political process going and to make it clear to the Iranians, Russians and Assad regime that we, the like-minded group, will not support the reconstruction of Syria until there is such a political process and that means, as Resolution 2254 says, to a transition away from Assad," he said.

Johnson was speaking after a meeting of about 14 countries that back the Syrian opposition including France, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the United States.

(Reporting by John Irish; Writing by Mohammad Zargham in Washington; Editing by David Alexander) ((+1 202 898 8322))