In a written interview with Europa partnership of newspapers, US Vice-President Joe Biden said that “we are working with a variety of forces … to degrade and eventually defeat ISIS. Many countries have made significant contributions. All of us can do more. These countries – not Assad – comprise our coalition against ISIS. We’re not coordinating with Assad; he’s under sanctions, and we do not see how, having lost all…
Senator Lindsey Graham, member of the U.S Senate Armed Services Committee, raised questions about US policy on Syria, “where civilians are dodging bullets and bombs from President Bashar Assad’s forces in the crossfire of a war that has killed 200,000.”“How can we train a Free Syrian Army or send any other force into Syria if we don’t first deal with the Assad air threat?” Graham asked. “How in the world…
Qatari Foreign Minister Khalid bin Mohamed al-Attiyah said that "the root cause of the problem in Syria lies in Assad’s brutal policies, not in ISIS." Attiyah stresses that people of the region do not sympathize with ISIS or its extremist views, but they are trying to remind everyone of the root cause of the problem, namely the Assad regime’s brutal policies. “The killing of over 300,000 people killed and the…
Reaching a solution in Syria is a “mission impossible,” but it needs to be done, according to Staffan de Mistura, UN special envoy for Syria. "There is no golden formula…mission impossible…but [finding a solution] needs to be done," Mistura told the European Parliament in Brussels on Monday. Mistura urged for a ''freeze'' in Aleppo, such as stopping fighting and the use of heavy weapons. Having seen 21 conflict zones in…
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has repeated his call for reform of the United Nations, saying the U.N., which remains deadlocked over how to respond to the crisis in Syria, is no “longer capable of showing global leadership.”“The world is bigger than five. You cannot reduce 196 states to five countries,” Erdoğan said in a speech at Turkey's Justice Academy on Feb. 2. Addressing the crisis in Syria, he said…
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