US envoy Nikki Haley says Syria regime change is 'inevitable'

Apr 10, 2017, 02:56
US envoy Nikki Haley says Syria regime change is 'inevitable'

The U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Sunday declared that the administration does not see peace and stability in Syria with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad still in power.

"You pick and choose your battles and when we're looking at this, it's about changing up priorities and our priority is no longer to sit there and focus on getting Assad out", Haley had told reporters on March 30, just days before dozens of Syrian civilians died from chemical weapons injuries.

Their comments highlight the degree to which questions remain about the nature of USA policy in Syria after President Donald Trump authorized missile strikes against a government air base believed to have been involved in the deployment of chemical weapons against civilians last week.

Haley told CNN in an interview that Trump and his administration were shown classified information proving that Syrian President Bashar Assad had been involved in the alleged chemical attack against civilians in Syria's Idlib.

Syria officially relinquished its chemical arsenal and signed the Chemical Weapons Convention in 2013 to avert military action after it was accused of an attack outside Damascus that killed hundreds.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday called the U.S. strike "aggression against a sovereign state in violation of the norms of global law".

"Regime change is something that we think is going to happen because all of the parties are going to see that Assad is not the leader that needs to be taking place for Syria".

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that groundless accusations in the chemical weapons incident in Syria's Idlib were unacceptable before the investigation into the matter had been carried out while Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Saturday criticized the United States missile attack as a violation of the worldwide law.

But there have been repeated allegations of chemical weapons use since.

"You can not have a stable Syria without jihadist elements on the ground with Bashar al-Assad in power".

Russian Federation has warned that the USA missile strikes could have serious consequences for the region.

Russian Federation is Syria's most powerful ally and has propped up the Assad regime with air power.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson spoke with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Saturday about the situation in Syria, a longtime Russian ally.

"This idea that we're going to get rid of ISIS and then we'll hopefully use Assad and others to come up with a solution". Lavrov said United States allegations that Syria carried out the chemical attack "do not correspond to reality".

"Once the ISIS threat has been reduced or eliminated, I think we can turn our attention directly to stabilising the situation in Syria", he told CBS television's "Face the Nation" in a clip released ahead of its air time.

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