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Washington: We will not normalize relations with Syria as long as Bashar al-Assad is in power

The US State Department confirmed that the United States will not normalize relations with the Assad regime, if Bashar al-Assad remains in power.

US State Department spokesman Ned Price said yesterday, Tuesday, in a press conference held at the White House: that Washington will not normalize relations with the Assad regime, unless there is irreversible progress towards a political solution, in accordance with UN Resolution 2245.

Price added, that the Syrian people deserve nothing less, after 11 years of revolution and bombing by the Assad regime and its allies.

US Ambassador to the United Nations Thomas Greenfield said in commemoration of the 11th anniversary of the Syrian revolution: “Eleven years ago, the Syrian people launched a peaceful revolution, calling for political reforms and the protection of human rights for all.”

She added “The Assad regime responded tragically by beating and imprisoning protesters, precipitating a brutal conflict that killed more than 350,000 people and displaced 13 million others. Today, the humanitarian situation remains dire, with 14.6 million people need  assistance.”

She pointed out that the solution in Syria begins with the implementation of the relevant international resolutions, in addition to the fact that the Assad regime must respond to the demands of the Syrian people and the calls of the international community to put an end to atrocities, some of which amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity.

The US Embassy in Syria tweeted: “We celebrate the eleventh anniversary of the Syrian uprising in Daraa and the peaceful protests that were violently crushed by the Assad regime. The violence of the Assad regime has destabilized the region, killing hundreds of thousands and displacing millions.”

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