‘Assad will be removed’, says Saudi Arabia’s FM ( interview)


Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir
Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir
Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told FRANCE 24’s Marc Perelman in an exclusive interview that Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad “will be removed, either through a political process or through military force”.

In the interview with FRANCE 24 focusing on the Syrian crisis, Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister also asserted that the ceasefire was holding fairly well in Syria and that humanitarian access had improved in recent days.

However, Adel al-Jubeir repeated that Bashar al-Assad must leave power.

“The Syrian crisis will end and it will end without Bashar al-Assad. It will end with a country that is unified, that has a civil society government and that has equality. It could take six months, it could take three months or it could take three years”, he said.

“The choice is Bashar al-Assad’s. He will be removed, either through a political process or through military force”.

He added that Saudi Arabia will continue to push for more military support to the opposition. “We should provide the opposition with more weapons and more lethal weapons, including surface to air missile and more sophisticated anti-tank weapons so that we can change the balance of power on the ground”, he explained.

“If the United States sends ground troops into Syria to fight Daech, Saudi Arabia would be prepared to send special forces alongside those troops, but we will not be sending troops unilaterally,” Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister told FRANCE 24.

Commenting on other regional crises, Adel al-Jubeir expressed optimism on the peace talks on Yemen. “Now we want Yemen to move towards peace and reconstruction,” he said.

On Iran, he said he had seen not seen any change in the behaviour of his neighbouring country since the nuclear agreement, accusing Tehran of sowing chaos in the region. “We see Iran in Lebanon, in Syria, in Iraq, in Kuwait, in Bahrain, in Yemen, in Saudi Arabia!” he said.

“Iran is a threat to everyone. They have to change if they want to be a good neighbour to us.”

Finally, Adel al-Jubeir asserted that Saudi Arabia does not have any exchanges with Israel on Iran.



8 responses to “‘Assad will be removed’, says Saudi Arabia’s FM ( interview)”

  1. Guest Avatar

    When you say “Assad will be removed” do you mean like removing “Saddam” from Iraq and “Qaddafi” from Libya?

    1. Rudy1947 Avatar

      Refer to the new article.

    2. 5thDrawer Avatar

      Small correction to “sects and ethnicities lived together with no problem.”
      …. ‘sects and ethnicities lived together IN FEAR with no problem.’

      1. Guest Avatar

        Exactly, like very where else. “Racism” is a big crime punishable by law! Is not the case in the “civilized world”? Play the fear factor. But really you are such a sectarian r#t@rd full of hatred. Now Go back to your mama. End of discussion!

        1. 5thDrawer Avatar

          While running away so you don’t get a ticket seems weird, both North and South Carolina have their weirdnesses. In the South they shoot blacks for running, using enough bullets to kill a horse; and in the North they want people to check out the body parts of people taking a pee beside them, or to look over the stall wall when someone is sitting. :-)))

      2. Guest Avatar

        Oh please don’t correct me on where I come from. Again I’m talking about Saudia where they have the fear and oppression factors. Or is it because Syria is your enemy like Lebanon your enemy. Are you from Pakistan?

        1. 5thDrawer Avatar

          Well if you were not in fear of ASSad before, you should be by now.

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