US President Barack Obama has once again called for the removal of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in order for the country to have peace and stability.
“I think that Assad is going to have to leave in order for the country to stop the blood, for all the parties involved to be able to move forward in a nonsectarian way,” Obama said during an end-of-the-year news conference Friday afternoon at the White House.
He called the Assad government illegitimate, saying bringing peace to the war-torn country is impossible “unless the government is considered legitimate by a majority of Syrians”.
His remarks come as some 20 foreign ministers gathered on Friday in New York to discuss ending the Syrian conflict and push forward the peace process.
The ministers were meeting for the third time to push forward an earlier agreement to implement cease-fire agreement and start political talks on January 1, 2016.
Syria has been gripped by deadly violence since March 2011. Also, Daesh (ISIL) terrorists, who were initially trained by the CIA in Jordan in 2012 to destabilize the Syrian government, now control large parts of the country.
The United States and its allies have been targeting Daesh militants in Syria since September 2014, but they have not coordinated their raids with the Damascus government.
Also, the US and its regional allies – especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey – have been supporting the terrorists in Syria since the beginning of the crisis.