US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson today said that the United States is fully prepared to discuss with the Russian joint efforts for the stabilisation war-torn Syria which also include no-fly zones.He added to his speech that the US wants to discuss with the Russia about the use of on-the-ground ceasefire observers and the coordinated delivery of the humanitarian aid to the Syrians.
On Wednesday Tillerson said in a statement that if their two countries would work together to establish stability on the ground, it will lay a foundation for the progress on the settlement of Syria’s political future which is ahead of this week’s Group of 20 summit in the Germany.
There is not any mention of the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s future. The US largely blames the President Assad for the six years of the civil war and has called on him to step down.
Tillerson also said that the Russia had many queries and obligations on how to prevent the use of the chemical weapons by the Assad’s government.
Syrian air base is being hit by Washington with a missile strike in April after accusing the Assad government of killing dozens of the civilians in the chemical attack occur there.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and the US President Donald Trump are expected to meet on the sidelines of the G20 summit in the Hamburg early this week, and Tillerson said that the Syria would be a topic of discussion about all this.
Russia is Assad’s major ally and with the Moscow’s military support has helped the Syrian government to turn the tide in the multi-sided war against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL which is also known as ISIS) and the Syrian rebels.As the fight against the ISIL winds down, the Russia has a “special responsibility” to ensure Syria’s stability Tillerson said in his statement.
He said that the Moscow needs to make sure that no faction in the Syrian “illegitimately would re-takes or occupies areas” liberated from the ISIL or along the other groups. The US-backed forces have surrounded with the city of Raqqa and ISIL’s stronghold in the Syrian.President Tillerson added in his speech that Russia has “an obligation to prevent any further use of the chemical weapons of any kind by the Assad regime”.
Tillerson lauded the US and the Russia cooperation is in establishing the de-confliction zones in Syria and said that it was the evidence that their two nations are capable for the further progress. As Speaking to Al Jazeera from the US state of the Virginia, Wael Alzayat, a former advisor on the Samantha Power – the former ambassador of US to the UN said that there was no new development coming out of the latest rounds of talks.
“This is really more of the same of what has been tried under the previous administration in terms of dangling the prospect of further cooperation, perhaps against ISIL or not to administer areas after ISIL has been defeated, in exchange of the need for de-escalation and ultimately a sort of a political resolution,” Alzayat said.
“What is not there is the need to have a political transition in Syria … preferably one that includes Assad leaving power,” he said.
Trump came into office in January seeking to improve ties with Russia that had soured during the Obama administration.
But Trump is under pressure at home to take a hardline with Putin due allegations that Russia’s meddled in the US election and possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.