Rex W. Tillerson on Syria

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Last quote by Rex W. Tillerson on Syria

As I said, we have the war to defeat ISIS in which many of those battle plans are being coordinated between the US, its coalition agreements, Turkey, some of the Syrian opposition and others. And it is being coordinated somewhat with the Syrian regime and the Russian forces to put pressure on ISIS to eliminate them. I think our strategy in Syria, as you know, our priority is first the defeat of ISIS. Remove them from access to the Caliphate because that's where the threat to the homeland and to so many other homelands of our coalition partners is emanating from.feedback
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Jul 22 2017
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We do not want the regime's uncontrolled stockpile of chemical weapons to fall into the hands of or other terrorist groups who could and want to attack the United States or our allies. Nor can we accept the normalization of the use of chemical weapons by other actors or countries in Syria or elsewhere. So that's why we are not presupposing how that occurs.feedback

Once the ISIS threat has been reduced or eliminated, I think we can turn our direction directly to stabilizing the situation in Syria. In that regard, we are hopeful that we can work with Russia and use their influence to achieve areas of stabilization throughout Syria and create the conditions for a political process through Geneva in which we can engage all of the parties on the way forward, and it is through that political process that we believe the Syrian people will lawfully be able to decide the fate.feedback

I'm hopeful that we can have constructive talks with the Russian government, with Foreign Minister (Sergei) Lavrov and have Russia be supportive of a process that will lead to a stable Syria.feedback

Once the ISIS threat has been reduced or eliminated, I think we can turn our attention directly to stabilizing the situation in Syria, using an acronym to refer to the Islamic State militant group.feedback

I hope Russia is thinking carefully about its continued alliance with Bashar al-Assad, because every time one of these horrific attacks occurs, it draws Russia closer into some level of responsibility. I think the issue of how Bashar al-Assad's leadership is sustained, or how he departs, is something that we'll be working [on] with allies and other in the coalition. But I think, with each of those actions, he really undermines his own legitimacy. Once the ISIS threat has been reduced or eliminated, I think we can turn our attention directly to stabilising the situation in Syria.feedback

Once the ISIS threat has been reduced or eliminated, I think we can turn our attention directly to stabilizing the situation in Syria. We're hopeful that we can prevent a continuation of the civil war and that we can bring the parties to the table to begin the process of political discussions.feedback

He "would not in any way attempt to extrapolate that to a change of our policy or our posture relative to our military activities in Syria today. There's been no change in that status. Through the Geneva process, we will start a political process to resolve Syria's future in terms of its governance structure and that ultimately, in our view will lead to a resolution of Bashar al Assad's departure.feedback

I think what happened in Syria is a disgrace to humanity. He's there and I guess he's running things, so something should happen.feedback

Overall, the situation in Syria is one where our approach today and our policy today is first to defeat ISIS. In the midst of that … we will start a political process to resolve Syria's future in terms of its governance structure. And that ultimately, in our view, will lead to a resolution of Bashar al-Assad's departure.feedback

A few days later they translated this belief into action on the ground with chemical weapons. It's a weapon of terror and sent an obvious message inside and outside of Syria that the regime is still here. That it feels it can do anything.feedback

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