Washington: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has met Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Special UN Envoy Lakhdar Brahimi in Dublin and discussed options to end the 21-month old Syrian conflict.
The 40-minute Clinton-Lavrov meeting was a "constructive discussion" and "focused" on how to support a political transition in practical terms, a senior State Department official said.
Clinton also had a short follow-on meeting with Brahimi after she met Lavrov. The US and Russia committed to support Brahimi's efforts in that regard, the official said.
The next step will be a meeting in the next few days between Brahimi and senior officials from the United States and Russia to discuss the specifics of taking this work forward, the US official said.
Meanwhile, the United States reiterated its warning to the Assad regime against use of chemical weapons.
"The whole world is watching. The whole world's watching very closely, and the President of the United States has made very clear that there will be consequences, there will be consequences if the Assad regime makes a terrible mistake by using these chemical weapons on their own people," US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told reporters in Virginia.
The White House said there is unanimity among US, Russia and China against use of chemical weapons.


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