Tillerson: Assad’s Rule Is “Coming To An End”
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said, in what could be perceived as an as aggressive statement as the US airstrikes, that the Syrian president, Bashar Assad’s rule is “coming to an end.” However he threw caution to the wind stating that the US was “not presupposing how that occurs,” while at a meeting of the G7 foreign ministers in Lucca, Italy, earlier today.
Tillerson who is expected to arrive in Moscow later today, made his remarks amidst the growing criticisms of the Syrian governments use of chemical weapons against their own citizens, and Russia’s unwavering support of the same government.
Tillerson added, “It is clear to all of us that the reign of the Assad family is coming to an end. But the question of how that ends and the transition itself could be very important in our view to the durability, the stability inside of a unified Syria.”
The foreign ministers of the Arab nations of Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the UAE joined their counterparts from the G7 countries in addressing the crisis within Syria days after the US carried out its missile strikes, in response to the gas attacks, on a Syrian government airbase.
Adding to his aggressive tone on Assad, Tillerson further went to say, “We see no further role for the Assad regime longer term given that they have given up their legitimacy with these types of attacks.”
Considering the Russian’s brokered a deal back in 2013 with the Syrian government to reduce its chemical weapons stockpiles, Tillerson pointed out that the current situation did not bode well for the European superpower.
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