US praises Saudi’s leading role in solving Syrian crisis
Kirby: If it were not for Saudi leadership, we wouldn’t have that first meeting of the Syrian opposition.
US Department of State spokesperson John Kirby said the meetings and talks between Saudi and US officials were fruitful and friendly.
“If you’re asking if there’s this big philosophical divide between the Saudis and the United States on how to move forward on the ground in Syria, the answer is ‘no,'” Kirby said.
Kirby said Saudi Arabia had been one of the first countries to join the United States and Russia in forming the International Syria Support Group, which was established to find a political solution to the Syrian crisis.
He said: “If it were not for Saudi leadership, we wouldn’t have that first meeting of the Syrian opposition groups back in December in Riyadh.”
He said the Saudis shares US concerns about trying to implement a political agreement in Syria that could lead to a transitional operation and the creation of a new government not headed by President Bashar al-Assad.
He added that the US is committed to stopping ISIS in Syria. “The Saudis are the leading figures capable to help us stop (ISIS’s) aggressive activities,” Kirby said.