John Kerry Assured Syrian Opposition Leader Assi Al-Jarba Of U.S. Commitment To Chemical Attack Response

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US Secretary of State John Kerry speaks the situation in Syria from the Treaty Room at the State Department in Washington, DC on August 30, 2013. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images) | Getty

WASHINGTON, Aug 31 (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry spoke to the Syrian opposition leader on Saturday to underscore the determination of the United States to hold the Syrian government accountable for using chemical weapons, a U.S. official said.

Kerry spoke with Syrian Opposition Coalition President Ahmed Assi al-Jarba to underscore President Barack Obama's "commitment to holding the Assad regime accountable for its chemical weapons attack against its own people on August 21st," a senior State Department official said.

Kerry also spoke with the foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia and Japan about Syria. (Reporting by Arshad Mohammed; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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