US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that “the reign of the Assad family is coming to an end. The only issue is how that should that be brought about.” He was speaking after holding talks with UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura in the Swiss city of Geneva on Thursday.
Tillerson said that “the United States wants a whole and unified Syria with no role for Bashar al-Assad in the government.” He reiterated the US’s commitment to the Geneva process to reach a comprehensive political settlement in Syria.
De Mistura announced via video conference to the UN Security Council that he plans to hold the eighth round of peace talks on November 28 in Geneva.
At a meeting with the French special envoy to Syria, Franck Gellet in early October, President of the Syrian Coalition Riad Seif stressed to the need to restart the political process to reach a just political solution in accordance with UN resolutions, most importantly the Geneva Communique of 2012 and UNSC resolution 2254. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department + Agencies)