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Austria: Assad will be removed by political process or by 'force' - Saudi FM01:20

Austria: Assad will be removed by political process or by 'force' - Saudi FM

Austria, Vienna
May 17, 2016 at 18:50 GMT +00:00 · Published

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad "will be removed through a political process or he will be removed by force," following an International Syria Support Group (ISSG) meeting at the Palais Niederoesterreich in Vienna, Tuesday.

"It was made very clear that Bashar al-Assad has two choices, either he can be removed through a political process or he will be removed by force," said the Saudi diplomat.

He went on to state that "we [ISSG] should have moved to plan B a long time ago," before adding that "the choice about intensifying the military support is entirely with the Bashar regime."

Adel al-Jubeir said the options were open in case of non-compliance with UN Council Resolution 2254, stating: "If they do not respond to the treaties of the international community, if they don’t respond to the demands to enforce the UN Council Resolution 2254, then we will have to see what else can be done."

Austria: Assad will be removed by political process or by 'force' - Saudi FM01:20
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Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad "will be removed through a political process or he will be removed by force," following an International Syria Support Group (ISSG) meeting at the Palais Niederoesterreich in Vienna, Tuesday.

"It was made very clear that Bashar al-Assad has two choices, either he can be removed through a political process or he will be removed by force," said the Saudi diplomat.

He went on to state that "we [ISSG] should have moved to plan B a long time ago," before adding that "the choice about intensifying the military support is entirely with the Bashar regime."

Adel al-Jubeir said the options were open in case of non-compliance with UN Council Resolution 2254, stating: "If they do not respond to the treaties of the international community, if they don’t respond to the demands to enforce the UN Council Resolution 2254, then we will have to see what else can be done."

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