PressTV-US ‘no longer seeking to oust Syria’s Assad’

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…

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