Tillerson, Haley issue differing statements on future of Assad in Syria

Posted April 13, 2017

"What Ambassador Haley pointed out was, it's very hard to figure out how a political solution could result from the continuation of the Assad regime", McMaster said. The US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, said the world is waiting for the Russian government "to act responsibly in Syria" and "to reconsider its misplaced alliance with Bashar Assad".

The Syrian foreign minister denied the government's involvement in the Idlib incident, saying it had never nor would it ever use chemical weapons on either civilians or terrorists operating in the country.

Speaking on Fox News Sunday, McMaster said the United States would take further action in Syria if necessary. "If he needs to do more, he will do more", Haley said when asked if Trump would order more strikes.

An aide to Johnson said: "It is a shame the Lib Dems would rather snipe and be silly when the United States and United Kingdom are trying to work on a plan to help the innocent people of Syria and stop a devastating civil war". "Once the [IS] threat has been reduced or eliminated, I think we can turn our attention directly to stabilising the situation in Syria".

They said the countries will not be deterred from "liberating" Syria.

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"What America waged in an aggression on Syria is a crossing of red lines", said the statement published by the group on media outlet Ilam al Harbi.

A joint command centre representing his Russian, Iranian and Lebanese Hezbollah allies said the US attack would only cause them to redouble their support for the Syrian government.

Tillerson said the chemical attack had been preceded by two others in March.

Tillerson said defeating the Islamic State group remains the top focus. "And we believe that the first priority is the defeat of ISIS", Tillerson said in an interview with CBS television's "Face the Nation" that was to be broadcast later on April 9. So Russia could be part of the solution.

Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon blamed Putin for the civilian deaths after Russia's role as a key ally of Assad.

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The chemical attack on civilians was followed up by worldwide condemnation, leading President Donald Trump to rain down 59 Tomahawk missiles on the airbase responsible.

"After this the military campaign began in Iraq, which ended in a destruction of the country, an increase of the terrorist threat and the appearance of the Islamic State (IS) in the global scene", Putin said.

"You know, the interesting thing, Chuck, is, when this chemical weapons murder happened to so many people, Russia's reaction was not, 'Oh, how frightful, ' or, 'How could they do this to innocent children, ' or, 'How very bad is that?' Their initial reaction was, 'Assad didn't do it".

The official also said that the United States bombing was meant to send a message to the Syrian regime that any use of chemical weapon will not be tolerated by the US.

"We are sure that such attacks which are in line with harming the process of Syrian-Syrian peace talks will have no effect on fight against terrorism and the future of Syria", Rouhani remarked.

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