The situation in the Middle East just took a major turn as Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir made a bold claim about the future of Syria and its current dictator Bashar al-Assad.
Al-Jubeir told CNN:
“Bashar al-Assad will leave – have no doubt about it. He will either leave by a political process or he will be removed by force.”
These comments come on the heels of a move by Saudi Arabia to send troops and fighter jets to Turkey in the chance they declare war on Syria. While peace talks are ongoing there is fear that this saber rattling between the Sunni and Shia nations will only make a larger war more likely.
Syria, in conjunction with Russian forces are now making a major push to reclaim Aleppo and Raqqa, ISIS strong holds, in part to show the strength of the Assad regime with Russian backing.
Al-Jubeir went on to say:
“We will push as much as we can to ensure that the political process works. But if that doesn’t work, it will be because of the obstinance of the Syrian regime and that of its allies. And should that prove to be the case, then it becomes clear that there is no option to remove Bashar al-Assad except by force.”
Watch the interview here:
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