U.S. backs U.N. role in resolving Syria crisis: Gabriel

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Posted: Feb 17, 2017 4:16 AM

BONN, Germany (Reuters) - Countries opposed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, including the United States, backed continued efforts by the United Nations to broker a political solution to the bloody civil war in Syria, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Friday.

"It is clear that all who met want a political solution ... and that this political solution must be achieved in Geneva under the auspices of the United Nations and that there cannot be any parallel negotiations," Gabriel told reporters after a meeting that included the United States, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, France and Britain.

(Reporting by Andrea Shalal and John Irish)