US seeks wide support for Syria arms deal

PARIS (AP) — Secretary of
State John Kerry is briefing some of the United States' closest allies
and working out details on how to put an end to Syria's chemical weapons
program.

A day after visiting Israeli leaders, Kerry was due to
meet Monday with top officials from France, Britain, Turkey and Saudi
Arabia, who had pressed for military strikes on Syria after the Aug. 21
poison gas attack that killed hundreds.

U.S. and Russian officials
reached an ambitious agreement over the weekend calling for an
inventory of Syria's chemical weapons program within a week, with the
program eradicated by mid-2014.

The U.N. resolution under
discussion Monday would detail how Syria can secure and destroy its
stockpile. The U.N.'s chief weapons inspector turned over his team's
report on the August attack on Sunday and U.N. Secretary-General Ban
Ki-moon is scheduled to brief a closed session of the Security Council
on the findings this morning.

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