U.S. Envoy to U.N.: Removing Assad 'Not Our Priority'


The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said Thursday that Washington is no longer focused on ousting President Bashar Assad as it seeks ways to end Syria's civil war.

"You pick and choose your battles," Nikki Haley told reporters. "And when we're looking at this it's about changing up priorities and our priority is no longer to sit and focus on getting Assad out."

Haley was speaking after U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had signalled a change in the U.S. stance by admitting that Assad's eventual fate was up to the Syrian people. 

Speaking at the U.S. mission to the United Nations, which is about to assume the rotating presidency of the U.N. Security Council, Haley said Washington will focus on the push for a political solution.

"Our priority is to really look at how do we get things done? Who do we need to work with to really make a difference for the people in Syria," she said.   

"We can't necessarily focus on Assad the way the previous administration maybe did. Do we think he's a hindrance? Yes," she said. 

"Are we going to sit there and focus on getting him out? No."

Haley said she would focus on ways to remove the influence of Assad's ally Iran, which has supported him in his civil war against rebel forces.

And she said Washington would work with other players in the conflict, including Turkey, to seek a long term solution.

Comments 12
Missing ArabDemocrat.com 30 March 2017, 23:32

Removing Assad was never a US priority during Obama administration which prevented qualitative weapons to arrive in sufficient quantities.

Thumb Mystic 31 March 2017, 09:02

TOW missiles are advanced. You did indeed get heavy support from day one, you had unlimited money and weapons.
But you failed, good.

Missing peace 31 March 2017, 16:30

tell us when did the removal of assad ever was a priority for the US? israelis and US prefer him to stay in power to keep golan quiet... so spare us your "victory" slogan which is only victory in your zero IQ brain.....

Thumb Mystic 31 March 2017, 18:32

How does it feel to be losing peace?
Assad will stay, you lost.

Missing peace 31 March 2017, 19:23

how does it feel to be allied with israel now? LOL

and i repeat when did the USA ever wanted assad out? still dodging questions when it embarasses you? poor microbe....

Thumb liberty 31 March 2017, 01:50

U.S. Envoy to U.N.: Removing Assad 'Not Our Priority'

but when was it ever your priority?

Missing peace007 31 March 2017, 09:01

US only prioritizes destruction it seems. Iraq,Libya,Syria,Yemen? Who's next? And they do it with the blessing of the Kingdom of Horror and Gulf countries.

Thumb galaxy 31 March 2017, 10:24

well said mystic

Thumb gigahabib 31 March 2017, 12:00

Start arming Assad and stop the sanctions, that will end the war fast.

Default-user-icon Yalla26 (Guest) 31 March 2017, 13:51

Let's put this decision in It's embarrassing to Iranian narrative context. 
According to Iranian Hezbos, Zinoism is the worst biggest enemy of Iran and Arab world. Zionists plans are focused on promoting Zionism. Everything Zionist do and every decision they take - it is made in the purpose of benefiting Zionism. 
Trump Administration is the most pro-zionist American Administration just ever existed. Trump Administration has not just embraced Zionist objectives but pledged that the US will be tailoring It's Middle East decisions to best suit Zionist objectives like never seen before. 
Today this most pro-zionist American Administration just openly endorsed Assad staying in power in Syria. 
What does it say about Assad place in the Zionist objectives?

Missing peace 31 March 2017, 16:39

now hezbollah is allied with israel and the USA as none of them want assad to leave... LOL

Thumb gigahabib 01 April 2017, 14:05

Lol at all the geniuses here that somehow think that abandoning regime-change plans somehow means an alliance. Are you this daft?`There are still sanctions and weapons going to various "rebels" from the US, none to Syria.