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Blinken says the United States opposed Assad’s support

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken yesterday supported efforts to normalize relations with Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad and until irreversible progress was made towards a political solution in Syria. He said he was not going to rehabilitate him.
Blinken’s comment at the press conference comes when a shift is underway in the Middle East among the US Arab allies who are bringing Assad out of the cold by reviving economic and diplomatic relations.
Jordan, a strong U.S. ally, will fully reopen its major border crossing with Syria in late September, boosting the struggling economies of both countries, avoiding the civil war and then reintegrating Syria. Strengthened the driving force of each country.
King Abdullah of Jordan also met with Assad for the first time in 10 years this month, and Egyptian and Syrian foreign ministers met beside the UN General Assembly in New York last month. Egyptian media said it was the first meeting at that level. About 10 years.
“What we are not doing, and what we are not going to do, normalizes relationships, rehabilitates Assad, or lifts single sanctions on Syria until irreversible progress occurs. Or to express support for efforts to change our position against the reconstruction of Syria. We believe it is necessary and essential for a political solution, “Blinken said.
Nine months after President Joe Biden took office on January 20, Blinken said he focused on expanding humanitarian access to Syria, maintaining campaigns against Islamic State, and clarifying the United States.
Commitment to demanding accountability from the Assad administration.
However, analysts point out that Syria was not a foreign policy priority for the Biden administration, as Washington was primarily focused on countering China.
The administration has not yet applied the so-called Caesar law sanctions that came into force last year to increase pressure on Assad.
“As we move forward, curb violence, increase humanitarian aid, and focus our military efforts on terrorist groups that threaten us and our partners, these will be the next key areas. Focus on it, “Blinken said.
Blinken added plans to promote plans for the Biden administration to reopen the US Consulate in Jerusalem as part of its efforts to deepen relations with Palestinians.
Blinken will move towards rebuilding the consulate, which was traditionally a hub for diplomatic support for Palestinians before it was closed by President Joe Biden’s predecessor Donald Trump in 2018. I repeated my pledge.



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