December 19, 2016 / 7:14 PM / 7 months ago

Saudi foreign minister says Syria must be pressured into political solution

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Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir attends the Arab Foreign Ministers extraordinary meeting to discuss the Syrian crisis in Cairo, Egypt December 19, 2016.Mohamed Abd El Ghany

CAIRO (Reuters) - Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told the Arab League on Monday that if world powers fail to pressure the Syrian regime there will be no political solution to the war.

"The question is not how we reach a political solution; we all want that. The question is how we can enforce necessary pressures on the regime so that it heeds the will of the international community," Jubeir said at a meeting of Arab foreign ministers in Cairo.

"If we cannot find an effective way to pressure the Syrian regime then we will not reach a political solution and the killing, displacement, and injustice in Syria will go on. We will bear responsibility for this in front of God and the Syrian people," he said.

United Nations Syria mediator Staffan de Mistura intends to convene peace talks in Geneva on Feb. 8, his office said on Monday.

Reporting by Ali Abdelaty; Writing by Ahmed Aboulenein; Editing by Robin Pomeroy

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