U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, meets with Northern Ireland's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, left, at Stormont Castle in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Friday, Dec. 7, 2012. Clinton travelled to Northern Ireland on Friday to lend her support to the British province's fragile peace, the frailty of which was underlined by overnight rioting on the eve of her visit and the seizure of a bomb. (AP Photo, Kevin Lamarque, Pool)
BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says the United States and Russia have agreed to support mediation efforts with all parties in Syria to bring about a political transition.
But she says Syrian President Bashar Assad (bah-SHAR' AH'-sahd) must leave power to secure a democratic future for the Arab country. Washington and Moscow have clashed repeatedly throughout Syria's 21-month civil war over how to stem the violence.
In a new effort, Clinton met with Russia's foreign minister and the U.N. peace envoy for Syria to try to chart a new path forward.