Saudi FM says kingdom seeks political solution to Assad’s ouster
Speaking in Russia, Jubeir also reiterated that the 2012 road map should be the guiding principle for any Syria talks
Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir on Sunday said his country was committed to a political solution that would lead to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad giving up power.
Speaking in Russia, Jubeir also reiterated that a road map discussed by global and regional powers in 2012 should be the guiding principle for any Syria talks.
Jubeir also voiced the kingdom’s concerns over Russian military operations in Syria.
In a meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, Jubeir said "Saudi Arabia's stance regarding Russian military operations in Syria was made clear.
“Saudi Arabia has said it interprets these operations as an alliance with Iran, Hezbollah and Assad. Russia has confirmed the aim of these operations is to fight the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)," Jubeir said.
Lavrov said Moscow understood Saudi concerns and the two countries shared the aim of "preventing the establishment of a terrorist caliphate in Syria."
Also on Sunday, President Vladimir Putin met with Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on the sidelines of the Russian Grand Prix in Sochi.
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