MESOP : OBAMA/KERRY ALONE TOGETHER WITH T HER AN & ASSAD – EU: Assad regime is ‘no partner in fight against IS’

17 Mar 2015 – MESOP – The European Union said Monday that the Syrian president Bashar al-Assad could not be a partner in the fight against Islamic State (IS). In an EU foreign ministers meeting in Brussels, the Council of the European Union concluded Monday that the Assad regime’s war against its people had led to the rise of extremist groups such as IS.The statement came after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told the American network CBS News on Sunday that talks with Damascus were necessary in order to find a solution to the Syrian crisis.