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US Is No Longer Seeking Regime Change in Syria

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The United States said it is no longer seeking to unseat Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, backtracking on the once strict regime change policy that Washington insisted on, but which has evidently failed to put into effect.

Speaking on Monday at the Atlantic Council, a Washington-based think tank, US Special Representative for Syria Engagement James Jeffrey announced that Washington is no more looking for a “regime change” in Syria, but rather a “different” government.

“We want to see a regime that is fundamentally different. It’s not regime change — we’re not trying to get rid of Assad,” he added.

The US envoy further estimated that Syria needs $300-400 billion for reconstruction, adding that Western countries and international financial institutions would not commit funds to rebuild the war-torn state unless there is a ‘compromise’ on the part of the Damascus government.

“There is a strong readiness on the part of Western nations not to ante up money for that disaster unless we have some kind of idea that the government is ready to compromise,” he said.

Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team

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