Bashar al Assad remains in power and the West accept it: The Times

The Times British daily published a report on western governments shift towards Bashar Assad and their insurance that he will remain in office.

The report said: “following the huge political change in Syria, Britain and its western allies have finally dropped their long-standing demand that President Assad must step down — and may even accept elections in which he is allowed to stand again.”

The policy shift occurred in a situation that Britain has maintained its stance since 2011.

“This week, in the Saudi Arabian capital, Riyadh, Syrian opposition leaders were told they now had little choice but to accept that Assad was in Damascus to stay,” the report added.

“There was no longer any point in holding up talks over Syria’s future by sticking to the position that he (Assad) had to step down before negotiations could begin.”

Boris Johnson, British foreign secretary, hinted at the change in an interview with Radio 4 network: “We used to say Assad has to go as precondition. Now we are saying that he should go but as part of a transition. It is always open to him to stand in a democratic election.”


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