(JTA) The Trump administration said it was open to working with Iran and Russia to end the Syria conflict.
“The United States remains open to working together with both Russia and Iran to find a solution that leads to a stable and united Syria,” Sean Spicer, the White House spokesman, said Monday in opening remarks at the daily news briefing. “But in order for us to work together to bring an end to the violence in Syria, Russia and Iran need to acknowledge the atrocities of the Assad regime and use their influence to stop them.”
It appeared to be the first time that the Trump administration indicated readiness to work with Iran on the issue, although Spicer said the position had been enunciated before.
The remarks came as Spicer gave specifics on how the Trump administration perceives the Syria war, saying the president favored a transparent transition from the current Syrian government.
The Obama administration negotiated a nuclear rollback deal with Iran, but also went to lengths to avoid any collaboration with Iran in Syria, where both countries were involved in targeting Islamist terrorist groups.