In surprising US statement, the Special Representative of the United States of America to Syria, Ambassador James Jeffrey, said, Monday, that his country is not asking Syrian President Bashar al Assad to step down, but rather wants him to “change his behavior”.
The US special envoy to Syria, James Jeffrey, announced that the United States does not insist on the immediate resignation of Syrian President Bashar al Assad and the withdrawal of Russia from the Arab Republic.
Jeffrey said during an online conference at the Middle East Institute: “…. We are not saying that Assad must leave, we are saying that Assad and his government should change their behavior, nor do we say that the Russians should withdraw“.
He added that the United States wants to “return to the status of 2011”, that is, when there were no Russian and Iranian forces in Syria, stressing that despite the fact that the United States has always opposed Russia’s presence in Syria, it is “not our policy to try to persuade them to leave”.
Earlier in June, US Assistant Secretary of State for Middle East affairs David Schenker said that Russia should “exit the Middle East” because it plays a “destructive role” there.
While the United States insisted during the administration of President Barack Obama, the immediate resignation of Syrian President Bashar al Assad.