Saudi FM says to get rid of ISIS, Assad must go

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Saudi's foreign minister said on Thursday that embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad clinging in power is working as a “magnet” by allowing foreign militants to recruit more fighters, and he must go to rid Syria of ISIS.

Adel Jubeir reiterated Riyadh’s stance after President Assad met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Wednesday in his first foreign visit since 2011.


After the visit, Putin also spoke with Saudi King Salman to discuss Syria.

Jubeir said Riyadh believes in Syrian “unity” and to keep its government institutions intact.

He also urged for a “peaceful” solution as soon as possible, and urged for the implementation of Geneva I peace communique.

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