UK Foreign Secretary discusses Syria, Yemen on Al Arabiya’s Diplomatic Avenue
Tuesday, 29 September 2015
In this episode of Al Arabiya’s Diplomatic Avenue, the British Foreign Secretary discusses regional issues including Syria and Yemen.
During the exclusive interview, Phillip Hammond explained that his country did not “believe that President Assad can be part of Syria’s future.”
“The transitional governing body is one part of the equation, but maybe there is some titular role that President Assad could continue to hold for a limited period of time.”
Hammond said Britain was “willing to engage with the Russians and talk about what they are trying to do [in Syria].”
Speaking about Yemen, the British politician said: “We are very clear that there does need to be a political solution in Yemen and simply camping on one or other specific obligation of a resolution is perhaps not - at this stage - the most helpful way forward.”
In the second part of the episode, Al Arabiya’s Talal al-Haj meets Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam, who discusses the current refugee and trash crisis.
Salam explains he was expecting a solution to the trash crisis soon and that the issue should not be used as a political tool.
He also said Lebanon, which is hosting nearly 1.5 million Syrian refugees, was hoping to get help from the International community.
Diplomatic Avenue is beamed live every month from Al Arabiya’s studios in the United Nations. Presented by Talal al-Haj, the show features interviews with high-level diplomats and decision makers, with video reports focusing on recent diplomatic developments and pressing issues. The program casts a critical eye over the work of the U.N. and its agencies, not only on the political front, but also on the humanitarian, cultural and scientific levels. The show gives its audience an insight into what goes on within the halls and corridors of the U.N., with a special emphasis on issues that matter to the Arab and Islamic worlds.