German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said that a better future for Syria can not be shaped with the presence of Bashar al-Assad. He called for the revival of the political process to find a political solution in Syria.
British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on Tuesday urged Russia and Iran to “abandon their puppet” Bashar al-Assad as the dictator’s forces overran the rebel-held part of Aleppo.
“I hope that Russia will see sense and join with us to secure the transition away from Assad, which is the only hope for a peaceful Syria,” Johnson said. “It’s up to them – it’s up to the Russians, it’s up to Iran. They have the future of Syria in their hands. This is one of the darkest hours in Aleppo’s four millennia of recorded history.”
Britain renewed a call Tuesday for Bashar al-Assad to step aside, citing his “barbaric cruelty” towards the Syrian people, as his forces stood poised to recapture Aleppo.
“We do not think that Assad, who is presiding over such barbaric cruelty to the people of Syria, is a route to a long-term, secure and prosperous future for Syria,” Prime Minister Theresa May’s official spokeswoman told reporters.
“That’s why we think there needs to be a political transition away from Assad.” (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Office + Agencies)