BRUSSELS, May 8 (Xinhua) -- An EU spokesman said on Wednesday that the bloc was "very satisfied" with the joint call by the United States and Russia for an international conference on Syria to end the country's escalating crisis.
"The EU would welcome any dialogue that would bring two sides to the negotiating table. The EU has repeated on many occasions that the solution of the conflict lies in a comprehensive political settlement," said Michael Mann, spokesman for EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton.
The EU "stands ready to assist in any way possible and hopes that the conference will be a beginning of a peace process," he said in an email to Xinhua.
Following hours of talks with Russian officials, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday that the two had agreed to convene an international conference on Syria that would be attended by representatives of the Syrian regime and the opposition.