US envoy to UN: Assad, Iran hindrance to moving forward

US envoy to UN: Assad, Iran hindrance to moving forward

US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley (Photo: Reuters)
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Orient Net - Reuters
Date: 2017-03-29 17:48
US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, said on Wednesday (March 29) that Assad is a "big hindrance in trying to move forward" to find a solution in Syria.

"I’m not going to go back into should Assad be in or out, been there, done that, right, in terms of what the US has done," she told the Council of Foreign Relations. "But I will tell you that he is a big hindrance in trying to move forward, Iran is a big hindrance in trying to move forward."

"This is one of those situations where the U.S. and Russia could definitely talk and say ’OK, how can we get to a better solution.’ But the issue of Assad is going to be there," Haley said.

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UN-led peace talks are currently being held in Geneva. Haley said UN mediator Staffan de Mistura "desperately" wants the United States to be part of finding a solution for the conflict in Syria.

"When you have a leader who will go so far as use chemical weapons on their own people you have to wonder if that’s somebody you can even work with," she said.

"If we don’t have a stable Syria, we don’t have a stable region and its only going to get worse. It really is an international threat right now and we have got to find a solution to it," Haley said.

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