UK Foreign Secretary discusses Syria, Yemen on Al Arabiya’s Diplomatic Avenue

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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.

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