In a statement he read to reporters on Tuesday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson repeated something he said on Sunday, that “the United States’ priority in Syria and Iraq remains the defeat of ISIS.”
But Tillerson also expressed “hope” for regime change in Syria, and he urged Russia to “realign with the United States” and other nations that are “seeking to resolve the Syrian crisis” by forcing Assad out.
“Many nations look to the Geneva process to resolve the Syrian conflict in a way that produces stability and gives Syria and the Syrian people the opportunity to determine their own political future,” Tillerson said. “And our hope is Bashar al-Assad will not be a part of that future.”
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