US insists on Assad’s overthrow
SWEDEN: The United States says any political solution in Syria
should result in the overthrow of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. US
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said during a press conference in the
Swedish capital Stockholm on Sunday, “Assad's departure does not have to
be a precondition, but it should be an outcome” of any such political
solution, AFP reported.
Her comments came hours after Assad addressed Syria's parliament,
saying that Damascus would keep fighting the armed gangs sabotaging
security in the country, while it is still ready for dialog with its
Clinton has also asked Russia to join international efforts to
increase pressure on Assad. She spoke to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei
Lavrov by telephone at the weakened.
“My message to the foreign minister was very simple and
straightforward,” she said, adding, “We all have to intensify our
efforts to achieve a political transition and Russia has to be at the
table helping that to occur.” Moscow has been opposing calls for foreign
intervention in the country, and has so far blocked two United Nations
Security Council resolutions condemning Assad's government.