March 31, 2017

US: Washington not seeking President Assad's ouster



Washington has made an apparent U-turn on its long-held policy regarding Syria with the US Secretary of State saying the fate of President Bashar al-Assad is up to the Syrians

Tillerson made the remarks in a joint press conference with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Chavush-oglu in Ankara. His remarks were later echoed by the US ambassador to the United Nations.

Nikki Haley said that Washington was no longer focused on removing the Syrian president from power. She said the White House would instead make efforts to push for a political solution to the six-year conflict in the war-ravaged country.

The comments come as the administration of former US president Obama had made any resolution of the Syria crisis conditional on President Assad’s stepping down.

Interview James Jatras, Former U.S. Senate Foreign Policy Analyst

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Removing Assad no longer a priority - US - BBC
US signals openness to Assad staying put - CNN

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