The latest developments in talks on ending the Syrian war (all times local).

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11:50 a.m.

Syria's exiled opposition is rejecting any role for President Bashar Assad in the political transition "even for one day" ahead of talks on ending the country's civil war.

In a statement Thursday, Syrian National Coalition member Bassam Abdullah warned against wasting time on political initiatives like Vienna, saying they are attempts to allow the military time to regain territories from rebels.

Abdullah's comments come as diplomats converge on Vienna for talks by key players in the Syrian civil war now entering its fifth year.

The talks are attended by the U.S., Russia, and bitter regional rivals Iran and Saudi Arabia, the first time the two nations to discuss Syria.

Abdullah made the statement after holding meetings in Germany with the U.S. envoy to Syria Michael Ratney.