US: Assad does not have to leave “tomorrow or the next day”

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“They stayed truthful to their promises”: A billboard in Syria showing Assad flanked by Putin and Hezbollah’s Nasrallah.

RT reports:

Syrian President Bashar Assad “does not have to leave tomorrow or the next day,” the US State Department has stated. Washington allows that Assad may take part in transitional process, but can’t be part of Syria’s next government.

At the same time, the Obama administration continues to insist that President Assad cannot be a part of transitional government, once the country gets to that point.

“He cannot be part of that transitional government, however it ends,” State Department spokesman Mark Toner said.“He – for his many crimes against his people, for his brutality, cannot be a part of that ultimate transitional government. So – but we’ve not said that he has to leave tomorrow, that he has to be – that he can’t be part of the transitional…

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