Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal said that “reaching the peaceful solution to the Syrian conflict based on Geneva 1 Conference demands achieving military balance on the ground, during a press conference with US Secretary of State John Kerry.
“The continuity of this crisis not only led to destruction of Syria … it also made Syria a safe haven for terrorist organizations, with the endorsement of the illegitimate Bashar Al Assad’s regime. This entails a threat to Syria, the region and the world, urging us to intensify efforts to promote and support moderate opposition with all ordnance and training to encounter Al Assad’s terrorism and terrorist organizations,” Al-Faisal added.
“We are worried as much about the nature of work and the tendencies of Iran in the region, which is one of the most leading elements of implanting instability in the region,’ he said, pointing to Iranian intervention in Iran, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen, and Iraq.
For his part, Kerry said that “Military pressure particularly may be necessary, given President Assad’s unwillingness to negotiate seriously. He explained that a combination of pressure and diplomacy will be needed to bring about a political transition in Syria. “And what we must do is strengthen the capacity for this political solution,” Kerry said.
President Khoja calls on the Friends of the Syrian people and the United States to put an end to the Iranian intervention in Syria, which amounted to direct military occupation, describing the United States’ position as “indifferent,” and the position of the Friends of the Syrian people as just “watching,” during an interview with the Qatari Al-Watan newspaper.
Khoja stresses that “the Friends of the Syrian people, particularly the United States should put an end for this intervention,” adding that “keeping Assad in power must not be part of the settlement to Iran’s nuclear file.”
Khoja concluded his remarks stressing the need to fight the root cause of terrorism, which is the Assad regime and its allied militias. The Assad regime’s state terrorism far surpasses that of ISIS, and the latest statistics confirm that the victims of ISIS do not exceed 5,000 people, while the regime’s victims exceeds 300,000 people. Moreover, if ISIS’s notorious crimes are slaughtering and burning of their victims in dozens, the Assad regime and the paramilitary militias fighting alongside it, known as the shabiha, have been slaughtering and burning people in the thousands, using barrel bombs and chemical weapons. (Source: Syrian Coalition)