Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir stated that the military option against Bashar al-Assad is still in place, pointing out that it is better if the conflict is resolved politically in accordance with the Geneva I Communique which calls for the formation of a transitional governing body that it is hoped will put the country on the threshold of new future and better off without Bashar al-Assad.
Al-Jubeir, who was speaking during a GCC foreign ministers’ meeting in Riyadh, said that Syrian rebels are fighting the Assad regime more effectively with the passage of time, hoping that a political solution will spare Syria more bloodshed and destruction.
Answering to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s addition of Russia’s military build-up in Syria, al-Jubeir said that Russian military presence in Syria was widely known before the Putin’s remarks, but we see this recognition as an escalation. He reiterated the Kingdom’s position on Assad, stressing that he has lost legitimacy to rule and that he must not have a place Syria’s future.
Badr Jamous calls on the international community to work together for the departure of Assad and his ruling elite for the formation of a transitional governing body with full powers in accordance with the Geneva I Communique as the only force capable of effectively fighting terrorism.”
Jamous pointed out that these propositions “are just desperate attempts to cover up the Assad regime’s crimes and to try to breathe life in it again,” stressing that the Syrian Coalition and the rebels and all the Syrian opposition spectra will stand united to thwart such attempts.”
He condemns Russia’s latest military build-up in Syria and its direct military intervention alongside the Assad regime, noting that Russia has become a partner of the regime in its war on the Syrian people.
Jamous calls on the Russian government to withdraw its forces completely from Syria, warning of the consequences of such acts. He warns that rebels will regard any foreign fighters fighting alongside Assad as a legitimate target.” (Source: Syrian Coalition + Agencies)