UPDATE/ 3:50 p.m.
Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faysal Mekdad
Mr. Mekdad shrugged, put out his hands at waist level, and said, “Hopeful.”\
U.S. Naval Academy
Representatives from each country are seated in a horseshoe-shaped arrangement inside the large and historic Memorial Hall, facing a stage and lectern at the open end of the horseshoe. The countries are seated in alphabetical order, with the Arab League seated to the left of the stage, if you are facing the stage.\
For some reason, the one exception to the alphabetical listing is Portugal, which is at the end, on the right of the stage. Special thanks to Mike Abramowitz of the Post, who jotted these down before Secret Service restricted movement around the room.\
Closed end of horseshoe:\
— Jon Ward, White House correspondent, The Washington Times