Syria will be better off without Assad: US
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Last Updated: Friday, August 12, 2011, 11:29
Washington: Reiterating that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has lost his legitimacy to rule, the White House has said that Syria will be better off without him.

"We believe that a transition needs to take place in Syria and that Syria will be better off without President Assad. And we support those who are seeking a peaceful transition in Syria," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said.

Carney that President Assad's opportunity to lead the transition has passed.

"We support those in Syria who are seeking a peaceful transition to a more democratic and brighter future in Syria," he said.

The Administration, he said, has acted aggressively to isolate the Syrian government and figures within it through financial measures.

"We continue to ratchet up the pressure on the Syrian regime, on the Assad regime with our international partners, as I said yesterday. I don't want to get ahead of anything else right now," he said.

The State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland said the focus is on increasing the chorus of condemnation internationally against him and taking firm action to increase the pressure.

"That’s why we issued more sanctions yesterday.

“Our focus is on working with our European partners, our other partners around the world, including in his neighborhood, and particularly encouraging those who are still trading with Syria, particularly in the oil and gas sector . Russia is still sending arms to Syria to stop so that the pinch will be felt and none of the revenue from this can go to fueling this violence," she said.

While it is for the Syrian people to take a decision on their leader, Nuland said America's focus is on doing what it can to increase the international pressure on him, to support those who want a democratic future for Syria.


First Published: Friday, August 12, 2011, 11:29

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