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“Bashar al-Assad Will Eventually Be Ousted From Power,” Says U.S’ James Mattis

US Defense Secretary James Mattis said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad should be ousted from power in advance of rebuilding Syria through a political process.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will eventually have to be “ousted from power” because he lost credibility, US Defense Secretary James Mattis said in Washington on October 30 during a discussion at the American Institute for Human Rights. the peace.

"Bashar al-Assad will eventually be ousted from power," says James Mattis© Marko Djurica Source: Reuters
The Syrian flag flies at a military checkpoint in the Al-Khaldieh area of ​​Homs, Syria, on September 18, 2018.

 

According to him, this eviction is necessary for an obvious reason: “I do not think that elections organized under the aegis of the Syrian regime will have any credibility with the Syrian people or the international community”.

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James Mattis added that the United States is committed to supporting local forces in Syria and finding a solution  through the Geneva process.

“The great efforts of Russia to circumvent the Geneva process with that of Astana or Sochi have produced nothing of interest. We therefore call on Russia to support the UN process in Geneva and Staffan de Mistura’s efforts in this country, “he said.

But Staffan de Mistura announced last October 17 that he will leave at the end of November as UN envoy for Syria.

Russia, for its part, has repeatedly stated that only the Syrian people must decidethe fate of the Syrian leader in office. At the same time, many Western officials, especially the United States, have, like James Mattis, insisted that Bashar al-Assad resign. Resignation which constitutes for them the main precondition for settlement in Syria.

At the end of September, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian claimed that France was not considering rebuilding Syria without a “political transition”, that is to say without leaving Bashar al-Assad.

In mid-September, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, in turn, announced that the German government could not imagine a long-term political solution with Bashar al-Assad in power. On the other hand, Heiko Maas did not call Bashar al-Assad’s departure a precondition for Germany’s participation in the country’s reconstruction.

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