UK sees no Syria peace deal with Assad in place

British Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Wednesday ahead of an international conference to discuss peace efforts in Syria that only President Bashar al-Assad's departure could clear the way for a settlement.

"It is the longstanding view of the UK that Assad needs to go, and we have never been able to see any solution which involves him staying," Hague told a press conference in Amman ahead of a meeting of the Friends of Syria group.

The backers of the Syrian uprising were to meet in Amman with the opposition to discuss a US-Russian proposal for a peace conference.

The aim of the conference, Hague stressed, would be agreement on the formation of "a transitional government with full executive authority, formed on the basis of mutual consent."