Syria should regain its secular identity: Kerry

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Syrian Opposition Council President Khaled Khoja, at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. on April 30, 2015. (State Department Photo)

ARA News

Istanbul, Turkey – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said that the time has come for a transitional phase in Syria that determines a Syrian future without any role for the Assad regime.

On Thursday, Kerry told reporters in Washington that the transitional phase in Syria will be led by a coalition government that represents all spectrums of the Syrian people. 

Kerry’s statements came after a meeting with Khaled Khoja, President of the Syrian National Coalition for Revolutionary Forces and the Opposition (SNC), in Washington.

He emphasized that the Assad regime is primarily responsible for the displacement of millions of civilians due to the bombing of cities and destruction of residential buildings, which indicates that this regime had lost all sense of logic or sense of responsibility. 

Kerry added that Syria is now one of the most attractive outposts for terrorists, saying that this is also the argument used by the regime to justify its survival.

He stressed that the United States will not accept any role for the Assad regime in the future of Syria, pointing out that the transitional government must transform Syria’s dictatorial regime to a government that represents all spectrums of people.

The Secretary of State expressed the U.S. hope that the SNC can regain the secular identity of Syria. 

On the other hand, the SNC’s president, Khaled Khoja, emphasized the need for a U.S.-sponsored no-fly zone in Syria that may help stopping the bloodshed of innocent people. 

Khoja added that the United States has provided assistance to the Syrian people, and still consider SNC as the sole legitimate representative of Syrians.

 

Reporting by: Mohammed Nasser

Source: ARA News

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