Tuesday, December 12, 2017

White House Ready to Accept Bashar Assad’s Rule in Syria : Credible "opposition" would need time to emerge

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 Recent ISIL's defeat in Syria, as well as the government forces gaining control over the majority of territories previously seized by "opposition" or "militants", prompted the US change in attitude toward Bashar Assad.

Donald Trump's administration is prepared to accept the continuation of Syrian President Bashar Assad’s rule until the country's next presidential election, set for 2021, The New Yorker newspaper reported, citing unnamed US and EU officials, explaining that depending on the results of the next US presidential election in 2020, he might still be in power, when the incumbent US president leaves office.

This stance contradicts Washington's previous statements, which have supported the Syrian opposition, urging Assad to step down as part of the crisis settlement. However, due to the latest developments in the region, the defeat of the ISIL in Arab Republic, has again sparked intense discussions on the country's future, as well as the political settlement.

After over six years of the conflict, Damascus has regained control over the majority of territories previously seized by the rebels or militants and the opposition.

According to the media outlet, in the peace process, the United States had been largely sidelined by Russia, Iran, and Turkey, which have also initiated the Syrian settlement negotiations held in Astana, thus driving Washington to change its course.

Taking into consideration political and military realities, US officials have reportedly decided that transition of political power in Syria will depend on elections in the country, held under the auspices of the UN. Nevertheless, in Syria, devastated by the war, holding such a vote would be a challenge, according to diplomats, cited by the outlet, which added that new and credible opposition would need time to emerge.

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