Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said on Saturday that U.S. support of the Gulf is at an “all-time high” when asked by Al Arabiya News to comment on the absence of aircraft carriers in the region.
ahrain's Foreign Minister Sheikh Khaled bin Ahmed Al Khalifa spoke on Saturday at a security conference in Manama. (Al Arabiya)
Syria’s future and countering Iran
Saudi FM is open about his country's support of lethal weapons for the Syrian opposition to fight Assad. U.S. not so much. #MD2015— Josh Rogin (@joshrogin) October 31, 2015
“On Syria, the issue has to do with determining a new leadership other than Assad. That is the main objective as we see it,” Jubeir said. He also reiterated the importance to focus both on Assad’s departure and the removal of foreign forces in Syria as well.
“The idea here is to ensure the departure of Assad doesn’t create a collapse of the state and a political vacuum,” he said.
Asked what alternatives Syria has should a political solution fail in the coming months, Jubeir said that Saudi would aid the moderate Syrian opposition with “more lethal weapons to fight the Assad regime.”
#MD2015 KSA ForMin @AbdelAlJubeir says the earlier Bashar leaves, the better, "ideally this afternoon"— François Heisbourg (@FHeisbourg) October 31, 2015