|English: Bashar al-Assad under pressure (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Neither President Bashar al-Assad's government or his opposers seem any nearer to resolving the conflict.
After the US-Iranian (nuclear) deal, and (US Secretary of State) it will be the first meeting whereby John Kerry declined to rule out talking to President Bashar al-Assad, to come to discuss and to find a solution to end the Syrian civil war.
With key opposition figures absent, little progress is expected on resolving the shifting conflict.
Instead, the discussions are expected to focus on humanitarian issues and serve as a way for Russia, a main backer of the Syrian regime, to build its profile as a potential mediator in the conflict.