Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir reaffirmed his country’s position which rejects of the presence of Bashar al-Assad in Syria’s future, stressing that the departure of Assad and those with blood on their hands is still the Kingdom’s clear and non-negotiable demand.
Al-Jubeir made the comments during a joint press conference with his British counterpart Philip Hammond in London on Wednesday. He stressed that the departure of Assad, either through a political process or a military defeat, is a foregone conclusion.
Vice President of the Syrian Coalition Mustafa Osso said that the latest Saudi position has “set the record straight after deliberate attempts recently to disfigure the positions of the Gulf countries, specifically the position of Saudi Arabia. It also reaffirmed that Assad would not have any role in the new Syria or in the transitional period.
Osso added that talking about attempts to rehabilitate Assad or to partner with him in the campaign against terrorism is a mere an illusion and deception as the Saudi position, backed by Arab countries and Turkey, has foiled the Iranian attempts to make Bashar a bargaining chip in its expansionist project.
“We are greatly confident in the support of Saudi Arabia and our brothers in the Arab Gulf and Turkey whose positions have safeguarded the revolution against attempts by some parties who seek to thwart democratic change in Syria. (Source: Syrian Coalition)