Kerry: Assad is a 'desperate leader'

US Secretary of State John Kerry said President Bashar al-Assad is a "desperate leader" and praised the opposition as the legitimate voice of the Syrian people.

John Kerry called President Bashar al-Assad a "desperate leader". Credit: Reuters

Mr Kerry confirmed the US will take "further steps" to help the opposition, which is faced by "brutal regimes" and Iranian forces.

He also added that the US will provide $60 million "immediately in non lethal assistance" to aid Syria opposition.

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UK 'could arm Syria rebels'

Foreign Secretary William Hague has said the UK can not "rule out" supplying arms to Syrian rebels in the future. Meanwhile, President al-Assad has accused the UK of having a "naive, confused and unrealistic" approach to his country's civil war.