But Arab League chief Ahmed Aboul Gheit, speaking at the same press conference, ruled out an early return of Syria to the Cairo-based organisation.
Any decision was up to the League's 21 other members, he said, adding that the issue was not on the current agenda and would only be raised when "a political settlement" was in sight for Syria's almost six-year-old civil war.
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He said such cooperation would "not be dictated by the ideology of democratisation for example", referring to the role of past US administrations in the overthrow of dictators such as Iraq's Saddam Hussein and Moamer Kadhafi in Libya.
US President Barack Obama was also expected to meet key advisors on Friday to weigh up military action, including direct air strikes on Assad regime bases.
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“And also of course, it is right now that we should be looking again at the more kinetic options, the military options.” He said he did not want to raise hopes of what the West could deliver, given David Cameron’s 2013 failure to win parliamentary approval for RAF air strikes, something he said was “regrettable”.
But the Foreign Secretary went on: “The general feeling is that obviously, it’s good that things are happening again in Geneva.
At Prime Minister’s Questions this week Theresa May raised doubts over the safety and difficulty of an operation to protect civilians from Russian or Syrian air strikes, but did not completely rule it out.