U.S. Special Envoy for Syria Daniel Rubinstein's Travel to Switzerland, Russia, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
May 14, 2015

As part of our ongoing efforts to bring about a political solution to the Syrian conflict, U.S. Special Envoy to Syria Daniel Rubinstein will travel May 15-27 to Geneva, Moscow, Ankara, Istanbul, and Riyadh to participate in UN-led consultations on Syria with UN Envoy Staffan de Mistura, discuss with officials of several governments the need for a sustainable political transition based on the Geneva principles, and continue his engagement with the leadership of Syria’s moderate political opposition.  This trip reaffirms the United States’ strong commitment to working with the international community and the moderate Syrian opposition to create conditions for a negotiated political transition as the only means to end the ongoing conflict, and to help Syrians lay the foundation for a free, democratic, and pluralistic future.  The United States remains firmly of the belief that Bashar al-Assad has no role in Syria’s political future.