The last United States ambassador to Syria Robert Ford said that Syrian president Bashar al-Assad has won, that Iran is likely to stay in Syria, and that “this is the new reality that we have to accept, and there isn’t much we can do about it,” in an interview Monday.
In a major policy U-turn, US and Saudi diplomats have reportedly been urging the armed Syrian opposition to come to terms with President Bashar al-Assad’s role in Syria’s future as Damascus’ army irreversibly holds the upper hand on the battlefield against militant groups.
The Syrian opposition meeting in Riyadh on Tuesday ended without any agreement as Moscow didn’t agree on any changes to President Bashar Assad’s rule or altering of the current Syrian constitution.
Countries that want to reopen embassies in Damascus or resume ties with the Damascus government must end their support for Syria’s rebels, President Bashar al-Assad said on Sunday.
UN-led Syria talks have a chance of making progress because demands for the overthrow of President Bashar al-Assad have receded, Russia’s ambassador in Geneva.
High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Brussels on Tuesday, with the Syrian crisis reportedly topping the agenda.
Negotiations with Syrian President Bashar Assad are necessary to resolve the conflict in the country, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said.
The upcoming round of intra-Syrian talks in Geneva is considered to start the period of political transition in the country, and opposition forces are likely to accept President Bashar Assad’s staying in power during this period.
The current situation in Syria shows shortcomings in the coordination of actions to counter terrorism in the country, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.