BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:10 A.M.) – The High Negotiations Committee of the Syrian opposition issued a statement on Thursday that expressed regret over the U.S. regime’s recent comments on the future of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad.
“We regret that conflicting statements are coming from the US,” the HNC member Farah Al-Atassi said when asked to comment on the recent statement by US top diplomat Rex Tillerson.
Atassi’s comments came just hours after U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told a number of journalists that the White House is no longer pursuing regime changein Syria.
“Our priority is no longer to sit there and focus on getting Assad out,” Haley stated on Thursday.
“Our priority is to really look at how do we get things done, who do we need to work with to really make a difference for the people in Syria,” she added.
Commenting on those statements, al-Atassi expressed hope that US will eventually “gain the understanding of reasons behind the events in Syria.”
“We expect the United States to demonstrate its leadership qualities and its concern, by exerting pressure and making some efforts, especially with regard to Russia,” the opposition member said.