Saudi Arabia Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has no future in Syria. The conflict between regime and rebels could only mean a transitional council where Assad gives up power and is exiled. Military force is the other option to remove Assad from power, which would mean massive destruction resting in the hands of the Syrian President.
Saudi Arabia made it clear it was supporting “moderate rebels” in the Syrian Civil war to fight against Syria.
A transitional council had almost broken through between the Syrian National Coalition and the Syrian Regime in the early years of the civil war. However, it had failed to create a breakthrough for both sides.
Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin had defended Assad, saying that his Syrian government is fighting against Islamic State extremists on the ground. Claiming parliamentary clearance, Russia is to provide support to the Syrian regime to quell the rise of IS forces.
US forces confirmed the arrival of 30 Russian aircraft in Western Syria.
Many politicians believe Putin is at an impasse with the aircrafts yet to see any real action. Analysts said Putin’s intention could be to show Russia’s efforts without having to do anything at all.
US President Barack Obama said Assad has nowhere to stay during an Anti-ISIS summit on Tuesday. During the Summit, the US had issued sanctions against 25 individuals and five groups connected to the Islamic State.
“This is not going to be turned around overnight … There are going to be successes and there are going to be setbacks. This is not a conventional battle. This is a long-term campaign – not only against this particular network, but against its ideology.
“But, ultimately, I am optimistic. In Iraq and in Syria, Isil [another acronym for the Islamic State] is surrounded by communities, countries and a broad international coalition committed to its destruction,” he said. “Like terrorists and tyrants throughout history, Isil will eventually lose because it has nothing to offer but suffering and death.”