Tillerson: Assad has no future in Syria; Iran shouldn’t get credit for ISIS defeat

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson stated Thursday that as far as Washington is concerned, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will not be part of the war-torn country’s future. “The reign of the Assad family is coming to an end,” he told reporters in Geneva.
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US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told reporters Thursday that Washington will not allow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to play a role in the war-torn state’s future. “The reign of the Assad family is coming to an end,” he announced.

Tillerson, who is currently in Geneva, made the remarks after he met with UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura. “The United States wants a whole and unified Syria with no role for Bashar al-Assad in the government,” he explained. “We do not believe there is a future for the Assad regime, the Assad family.”

The senior US official dismissed the claims that the advances made by the Syrian Army could be used to benefit Iran, a main ally of the Syrian government. “I see Iran as a hanger-on,” Tillerson stated. “Iran has not been successful; the Russian government has been more successful. We have had success. I don’t think that Iran should be given credit for the defeat of ISIS in Syria.”

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