The United States says 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, the US Special Representative for Syria Engagement James Jeffrey said Washington is not 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 said.
Jeffrey further estimated that Syria needs $300-400 billion for reconstruction, saying 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…