BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:40 P.M.) – U.K. Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt slammed Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad in a new interview with Asharq Al-Aswat on Saturday.
When asked if Assad would remain in power, Hunt responded that “for the short-term and possibly longer.”
Hunt continued that “Assad … is a truly horrific man who has shown that he won’t hesitate to butcher his own people in order to prolong his hold on power. And what future would a country like Syria have with a leader like that?”
“But the reality is because of Russian support, he is there and he is likely to stay for the short-term and possibly longer. It is for the Russians now to come forward with their solution because they have chosen to intervene in the way they have,” he continued.
Hunt said it was “impossible” for Syria to have a bright future with Assad still in power.
“This is a man who mercilessly gassed his own people in the most brutally possible way against all international norms, and the Russians chose to prop him up. So it is for Russia now to show they are going to create peace and stability in Syria,” he said.
Hunt added that the UK has “no plans” to reopen diplomatic relations with Syria.