BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – The U.S. envoy to Syria James Jeffrey has once again renewed the call for Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad to immediately step down from his position.
During a press conference on Wednesday, Jeffrey said that the U.S. does not believe the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) can be fully defeated until Assad and his government are removed from power.
“We also think that you cannot have an enduring defeat of ISIS until you have fundamental change in the Syrian regime and fundamental change in Iran’s role in Syria, which contributed greatly to the rise of ISIS in the first place in 2013 and 2014,” Jeffrey said.
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Jeffrey stated during his press conference that there needs to be a new regime that is not as ‘toxic’ as the current government.
“As laid out in that U.N. Security Council resolution, moving forward to encourage all of the actors in Syria to achieve a basic security system that will end the fighting permanently…..
Jeffrey said, adding that he hopes to “produce a Syrian regime that is not as toxic as the current one is to its own people and its neighborhood.”