Monday April 6, 2020
Home World Different att...

Different attitudes of US, UK on Russian involvement in Syria

0
//

By NewsGram Staff Writer

London: Talks held between British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond and US Secretary of State John Kerry, displayed different attitudes of UK and the US towards Russia’s involvement in the Syria crisis.

Photo credit: independent.co.uk
Photo credit: independent.co.uk

After the meeting at Hammond’s official residence on Saturday, Kerry said defence secretaries of the US and Russia had held extensive talks via telephone on the fight against the IS, reported Xinhua news agency.

Kerry, who is on his three-day visit to Britain, said, “would we welcome Russian help in going against IS? Obviously. We have talked about it for some period of time.”

“But the other part of the equation is Assad (President of Syria) and how you resolve the fact that he is a magnet for foreign fighters to come to the region,” he added.

The British government had been clear that if it is believed airstrikes in Syria were necessary it would go back to parliament for a vote, Hammond said.

“We keep that situation under continuous review and we will continue to talk to our allies about the military situation in the round,” he said.

Hammond said the situation in Syria becomes more complicated because of the Russian engagement.

“I think we need to discuss this as part of a much bigger problem: the migration pressures, the humanitarian crisis in Syria as well as the need to defeat IS,” he added.

Kerry described Russia’s new focus on fighting IS militants as an opportunity to push toward a political settlement and said the “root cause” of the current migrant crisis in Europe was the violence in Syria.

He said the US is prepared to negotiate, but have not known if Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Russia were prepared to a negotiation.

The US has called for Assad to go, but on Saturday Kerry reaffirmed the US position that this removal “does not have to be on day one or month one… There is a process by which all the parties have to come together to reach an understanding of how this can best be achieved,” according to BBC.

He said the talks in London laid the groundwork for forthcoming meetings at the UN over Syria. He will leave for Berlin on Sunday.

With inputs from IANS

Next Story

Here’s How the World Has Reacted to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson Being Tested Positive for COVID-19

Reaction to News UK's Johnson Has Tested Positive for Coronavirus

0
Prime Minister
Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves for Buckingham Palace after winning the 2019 General Election in Downing Street, London, England, UK on 13th December 2019. VOA

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday he had tested positive for coronavirus and was in self-isolation at his Downing Street office.

Here is reaction to the news.

Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of UK’s Opposition Labor Party 

“I wish the Prime Minister a speedy recovery and hope his family are safe and healthy. Coronavirus can and does affect anyone. Everyone be safe. Our own health depends on everybody else.”

Indain Prime Minister Narendra Modi 

“You’re a fighter and you will overcome this challenge as well. Prayers for your good health and best wishes in ensuring a healthy UK.”

Prime Minister
Indain Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, “You’re a fighter and you will overcome this challenge as well.” Wikimedia Commons

Northern Ireland’s First Minister Arlene Foster 

“Best wishes to the PM and Carrie (Symonds, Johnson’s fiancee). No one is immune. Let’s all follow the guidelines.”

Also Read- Facebook to Roll Out “Public Switch Telephone Network” Feature Soon

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon 

“I send my very best wishes to Boris Johnson and his family. I don’t underestimate for anybody how difficult it is to be positive for this virus so I certainly send my best wishes to him for a very speedy recovery.” (VOA)