Saudi Arabia warns of ‘Plan B’ for Syria while US calls on all sides to work together

“It was made clear that Bashar al-Assad has two choices – either he will be removed through political process or he will be removed by force,” Adel al-Jubeir told reporters after the International Syria Support Group (ISSG) meeting co-chaired by Russia and the US.

“We believe we should have moved to a ‘Plan B’ a long time ago,” he said.

“If they do not respond to the entreaties of the international community… then we will have to see what else can be done.” 

The fate of Assad continues to be a stumbling block for members of the ISSG. Moscow opposes any attempts to forge a peace settlement conditional on Assad’s removal, with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stating Russia does not “support any particular personality, [we] support the fight against terrorism, and we don’t see a better alternative to doing that than the Syrian army.”

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