Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir delivers a statement after a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at the State Department in Washington, February 8, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said on Saturday that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad must leave at the beginning of a political transition, not at the end.

“For us it is very clear it’s at the beginning of the process, not at the end of the process, it’s not going to be 18 months,” Jubeir said during a visit to France.

His comments came days before the United Nations plans to reconvene peace talks to try to end the five-year-old civil war in Syria.

The United States and other Western governments that were previously calling for Assad’s early departure have quietly backed away from that demand as his position has been strengthened by Russia’s military involvement in Syria since last September.

Jubeir also said Saudi Arabia will take delivery of French arms it originally ordered for Lebanon.

In February, Saudi Arabia suspended a $3 billion aid package for the Lebanese army in response to Beirut’s failure to condemn attacks on Saudi diplomatic missions in Iran.

“We made the decision that we will stop the $3 billion from going to the Lebanese military and instead they will be rediverted to the Saudi military,” Jubeir told journalists during a visit in Paris.

“So the contracts (with France) will be completed but the clients will be the Saudi military”.

 

Reuters

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Viz
Viz
2016-03-06 05:57

why so Saudi can instill their Islamic brand on Iran ally soil.

Hassan Ahmadian
Hassan Ahmadian
2016-03-06 06:36

And here again comes the tribal diplomacy! of get out or we will force you out!!

Ghali El Kasri
Ghali El Kasri
2016-03-06 06:29

Assad’s not going to leave because he’s not a p***y

FlorianGeyer
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FlorianGeyer
2016-03-06 13:19

What the Saudi perfumed princes want is now a just a wet dream for them. There are very few in the world who would shed a tear if all the Saudi Royals simply vanished from this earth.

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Sy Gunson
2017-01-15 05:51
Reply to  FlorianGeyer

My daddy always taught me, never trust a man in a skirt.

Anjuline
Anjuline
2016-03-06 06:23

Who exactly gave this twerp a say?

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Sy Gunson
2017-01-15 05:56
Reply to  Anjuline

Barak Obama, Francois Hollande, David Campbell, Angela Merkel… Funny that. They’re all leaving too.

There is a curse that every world leader that demands Assad leaves office has lost power. I am so glad Jubeir broke his silence.

Tony Rossini
Tony Rossini
2016-03-06 07:30

Was he the chief Eunuch amongst the Saudi Royal circles?

ME
ME
2016-03-06 08:10

no chance #Saudi losers

mustHaveALaugh
mustHaveALaugh
2016-03-06 12:20

Saudi Arabia must leave and donate their land to the Yemeni and their allies

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Willy Van Damme
2016-03-06 17:07

Another 3 billion to bribe the French. Typical Saudi style.

Solzhenytsin
Solzhenytsin
2016-03-06 17:38

So…the Saudi democracyhas spoken

Les
Les
2016-03-07 00:09

The Saudis are ISIS that made it.

Hind Abyad
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Hind Abyad
2017-01-15 05:43

I don’t understand what gives them the authority demanding Assad must go.
Wahhabisme is same disease as Zionism, low IQ parasites with Money & power.

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Sy Gunson
2017-01-15 05:49

Funny that Saudi Arabia has spent 2 billion dollars per month for the past two years on arms imports There must be 100 assault rifles now for every member of the Saudi armed forces. They have ships that keep sinking off the coast of Yemen faster than shipyards can keep up and I hear each time the Saudis park a truck load of weapons next to the border with Syria their trucks mysteriously vanish… Just goes to prove… money can’t buy you happiness. Don’t leave your chair just yet Mr Assad. the people demanding you quit Syria don’t even represent… Read more »

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James Graham
2017-01-15 05:49

A BAD LOSER