Bashar al-Assad will not be ruling Syria in the future and Russia’s military interventions will not help him stay in power, Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told a German newspaper in an interview published on Saturday.
“There will be no Bashar al-Assad in the future,” al-Jubeir told newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung.
“It might take three months, it might take six months or three years – but he will no longer carry responsibility for Syria. Period.”
Saying that the Syrian people’s determination to topple al-Assad was unbroken despite heavy Russian air strikes and persecution within the country, al-Jubeir criticized Russia’s involvement in the five-year-long war.