DAMASCUS, Syria – The U.S. State Department spokesperson John Kirby has said that the United States has demanded that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces stop bombings in Syria and work to restore nationwide ceasefire in the country. The United States said that top priority should be given to stopping bloodshed at Aleppo where more than 200 people have died in the last week due to government airstrikes and rebel attacks.
According to reports, Kirby detailed the calls U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry made in the last two days with UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura and with Riyad Hijab, a negotiator for Syrian opposition groups. Kirby said that the United States has made it clear that it wants Russia to pressurise the Syrian government to stop indiscriminate bombardment.
Kirby said, “In both calls, the secretary underscored that the initial efforts to reaffirm the cessation of hostilities in Latakia and Eastern Ghouta are not limited to these two areas and that efforts to renew the cessation must and do include Aleppo.”
Kerry has disregarded claims made by the Russian and Syrian forces that said that the strikes in Aleppo were targeted at the Nusra Front which is a jihadist force that is not party to a ceasefire.
According to reports, Kerry expressed his concern over Aleppo’s worsening condition. Aleppo was attacked again on April 30 with air strikes killing at least four people and injuring dozens. The U.S. has said that these attacks are in violation of the ceasefire that had come into effect two months ago.
The U.S. State Department has further said that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is visiting Geneva on May 1-2 and will discuss the Syrian conflict with his Jordanian and Saudi counterparts and the U.N. special envoy for Syria.
John Kirby, State Department spokesman, in a statement said, “In all of his discussions, the Secretary will review ongoing efforts to reaffirm the cessation of hostilities nationwide in Syria, obtain the full humanitarian access to which the Syrian government committed, and support a political transition.” READ MORE