Rex W. Tillerson on Syria

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We have a lot of issues with Iran. They're a yard long. The nuclear issue is 1 foot of that yard. We have 2 feet of other issues that we must deal with. And it has to do with Iran's destabilizing activities. But since the nuclear deal has been concluded what we have witnessed is Iran has stepped up its destabilizing activities in Yemen, it stepped up its destabilizing activities in Syria, and exports arms to Hezbollah and other terrorist groups, and it continues to conduct a very active ballistic missile program. None of that I believe is consistent with that preamble commitment.feedback
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Sep 18 2017
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I think it is clear to all of us that the reign of the Assad family is coming to an end, but the question of how that ends and the transition itself could be very important, in our view, to the durability ... of a unified Syria. I hope that ... the Russian government concludes they have aligned themselves with an unreliable partner in Bashar al-Assad.feedback

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

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