The leader of Syria’s main opposition group said Monday that he would not oppose a role for members of President Bashar Assad’s ruling Baath party in the country’s political future as long as they did not participate in killings during the uprising.
Turkey has signalled that Farouq al-Sharaa, Bashar al-Assad’s veteran vice-president, could replace the Syrian leader at the head of a transitional administration, amid more firing across the border between the two countries.
Syrian Vice President Farouk al-Sharaa has defected from Bashar al-Assad’s regime and been in Jordan for days, sources told Al Arabiya Saturday. Sharaa defected from the Syrian government in mid-August,
Free Syrian Army commander Colonel Riad al-Assaad told Al-Rai Kuwaiti newspaper in remarks published Wednesday that Syrian Vice President Farouq al-Sharaa, who had purportedly defected from the Syrian regime, is “in a very safe place in Syria,”
Syrian VP Farouq al Sharaa has defected from the Syrian regime about three days ago and is now in Jordan , informed sources of the Syrian opposition told the Lebanese Al Mustaqbal newspaper on Saturday.
The Syrian prime minister Riyad Hijab joined the rebels in the most senior political defection from the regime of president Bashar Al Assad since the revolt against his rule began 16 months ago.
The Syrian government has condemned the U.S. sanctions targeted President Bashar Assad. The U.S. announced on Wednesday it was slapping the sanctions on Assad and six senior aides for the country’s brutal crackdown that has killed more than 850 people since a popular uprising began in March.
The US on Wednesday urged Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to lead a political transition or step down from power as it imposed sanctions on him. “It is up to Assad to lead a political transition or to leave,” according to US government talking points distributed by the State Department.
The United States imposed sanctions on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and six other top aides for human rights abuses on Wednesday in a dramatic escalation of pressure on Syria to cease its brutal crackdown on protesters.