British foreign minister Jeremy Hunt said on Thursday that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will remain in place for “a while” thanks to support from Russia, even though Britain’s position was still that he remains a block to lasting peace.
“The British long-standing position is that we won’t have lasting peace in Syria with that (Assad-led) regime, but regretfully, we do think he’s going to be around for a while,” Hunt told Sky News.
The British minister remarks comes after US President Donald Trump announced recently that ISIS has been defeated in Syria, adding that this was the sole reason of American military presence in the country.
“We have defeated ISIS in Syria, my only reason for being there during the Trump presidency,” Trump tweeted.
The United Arab Emirates had announced earlier on Thursday the reopening of its embassy in Damascus, while Bahrain said works continue as usual in its embassy in the Syrian capital.