US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin will discuss Syria on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hamburg..
Rex Tillerson has conveyed to United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres that Russia will decide the fate of Syria and President Bashar al -Assad.
Tillerson told Antonio Guterres about U.S. desire of giving Russia a major role in Syria in a private meeting at the State Department last week, adding that Trump administration will keep its focus on preventing chemical weapons attacks and defeating the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Tillerson said that though the U.S. is committed to the 2012 Geneva Process but it supports a credible political process that can resolve the Syria’s future.
As the Syrian conflict enters its seventh year, Tillerson said that “Russia, and other western countries would put a transition government in place, the fate of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad would be in Russia’s purview. “Ultimately, this process, in our view, will lead to a resolution of Assad’s status,” Tillerson has said.
In June, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said in a statement the U.S. had “identified potential preparations for another chemical weapons attack by the Assad regime” in Syria.