Tillerson in Moscow Echoes Haley’s Warning about Syria

Nikki Haley, the US Ambassador to the United Nations informed the world socialist organization that the US will not stand by and allow Syria’s dictator, Assad, use chemical weapons on his own citizens. If the UN will not take action to stop Assad, the US will. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is in Moscow to meet with Vladimir Putin and echoed Haley’s warning about Syria and Assad.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Tuesday that “the reign of the Assad family is coming to an end,” taking a firmer stance on Syria and aligning himself with statements from U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley – after the two top diplomats seemed to take a different view toward the Syrian regime’s future.

He made the fresh comments shortly before arriving in Moscow, for the first trip to Russia by a Trump Cabinet official. He is in for a tense visit, as the U.S. prods Russia to split with Bashar al-Assad, and Russia blasts the U.S. over last week’s Syria missile strikes.

In the wake of those strikes on an airbase controlled by Assad, who allegedly carried out a deadly chemical weapons attack, Tillerson had said on CBS’ “Face the Nation” that “we are hopeful” about navigating a “political outcome in which the Syrian people, in fact, will determine Bashar al-Assad’s fate and his legitimacy.”

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