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Clinton Meets with Syrian Opposition Leaders in Geneva

State Department photo by William Ng(GENEVA) -- Traveling in Geneva on Tuesday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with members of the Syrian National Council (SNC), a Syrian exile opposition group working to oust President Bashar al Assad. It’s her second meeting with SNC representatives.

Before meeting with seven group members of the opposition group, Clinton told them she was honored to be meeting with its members. She said she was, “particularly interested in the work you are doing about how a democratic transition would proceed.” She then referenced a paper that had been presented to Fred Hof, special coordinator for regional affairs, who had told her that there are, “many very constructive ideas in it.”

She told them, "Obviously, a democratic transition is more than removing the Assad regime. It means setting Syria on the path of the rule of law,” and respect for minority ethnic groups and women.

“We certainly believe that if Syrians unite, they together can succeed in moving their country to that better future.  We are well aware that there is a lot of hard work to be done.”

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