Qatar says Syria "de-escalation" plan not an alternative to political transition

DOHA -- Qatar's foreign minister on Tuesday welcomed a Russian-brokered agreement for "de-escalation" zones in Syria but said the plan was no substitute for a political transition that would see President Bashar al-Assad step down.


Qatar has been a supporter of rebels who have been fighting to overthrow the Syrian president during six years of civil war.


"It is good to have de-escalation zones but this must be a step to reach a solution to the Syrian crisis and not to use it as an excuse to delay this solution and to postpone the political transition," the Qatari foreign ministry quoted Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani as telling the Doha-based al-Jazeera network.


פרסום ראשון: 05.09.17, 14:11