U.S. committed to a Syrian transition without Assad


Syrian refugees look through a window inside a refugee centre as they wait for a distribution of humanitarian aid by volunteers of the Bulgarian Red Cross. File photo

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Damascus – The U.S. Department of State emphasized its commitment to a political solution in Syria with a transitional phase away from President Bashar al-Assad.

“The United States remains strongly committed to achieving a genuine, negotiated political transition away from Bashar al-Assad that brings an end to the violence,” the U.S. State Department said in a statement on Friday. 

This comes after a U.S. special envoy met Russian officials in Moscow to discuss possibilities of finding an efficient solution to the Syrian crisis. 

More than 250,000 people have been killed since the outbreak of the Syrian civil war in 2011. 

“Assad’s continued tenure fuels extremism and inflames tensions in the region,” the statement added.

“That is why a political transition is not only necessary for the good of the people of Syria, but an important part of the fight to defeat the extremists.” 

Reporting by: Laila Majdalawi 

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