BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 A.M.) – For the second time in two weeks, the U.S. envoy to Syria, James Jeffrey, has stated that Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad has no future in Damascus.
“Assad has no future in Syria,” Jeffrey said during a conference call with reporters this week.
However, despite his insistence on Assad leaving power, Jeffrey said that it is not the U.S.’ job to force him to leave office.
Jeffrey has repeatedly called on Assad to step down as President of Syria, despite having no diplomatic relations with the Syrian government.
While the U.S. and Turkey share similar views on Assad’s future, the two nations are currently at odds over the future of the Kurdish groups in the northern part of Syria.
Turkey has accused the U.S. of protecting ‘terrorists’ in northern Syria, which is a reference to the Kurdish-led People’s Protection Units (YPG).
Washington maintains that their military role in Syria is focused on defeating the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) and curbing Iran’s influence inside the country.