Syria's political opposition says rejects transitional role for Assad

By REUTERS
October 2, 2015 23:03
1 minute read.

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later

Syria's foreign-based political opposition on Friday rejected any role for Bashar Assad in a transitional government, after Western powers appeared to soften their stance towards the Syrian president.

Diplomatic moves on Syria have been overtaken by an escalation of the war on the ground, after Russia launched air strikes inside Syria in support of its ally Assad this week.

British Prime Minister David Cameron was quoted last week as saying Assad could stay on as part of a transitional government but should not be part of Syria's future in the long run.

Those comments came after US Secretary of State John Kerry said Assad had to go, but not necessarily "on day one."

After Russia's intervention, which fighting groups have said will only prolong the war, the Syrian National Coalition reiterated its position that Assad must be excluded from any political process.

Any such process must "prevent the reproduction of the current regime with a new face, and must not give any role in a transitional process or in the long term" to Assad or those around him, it said in a statement.

The four-year-old Syrian conflict has killed an estimated 250,000 people.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

Breaking news
November 15, 2018
Saudi Arabia seeking death penalty for five suspects in Khashoggi killing

By REUTERS