there is no fucking ‘transition’ from assad, asshole

Qatar says Syria ‘de-escalation’ plan not an alternative to political transition
Reuters, May 9 2017

Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed in Moscow, Apr 15 2017.
Photo: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

Qatar’s foreign minister on Tuesday welcomed a Russian-brokered agreement for “de-escalation” zones in Syria, but said the plan was no substitute for a political transition that would see Assad step down. The Qatari foreign ministry quoted Sheikh Mohammed bin Abd’ul-Rahman al-Thani as telling al-Jazeera:

It is good to have de-escalation zones but this must be a step to reach a solution to the Syrian crisis and not to use it as an excuse to delay this solution and to postpone the political transition.

The remarks came after talks between the Qatari minister and Rex Tillerson in Faschingstein. Russia brokered the deal for de-escalation zones with Iran and Turkey in Astana last week. The deal took effect at midnight on Friday. Some fighting has continued in those areas, particularly north of Hama city, but the overall intensity has reduced, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

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