U.S. And U.K. Agree To Convince Russia To Abandon Support For Assad

U.S. And U.K. Agree To Convince Russia To Abandon Support For Assad

 The United States and the United Kingdom have agreed to persuade Russia to abandon its support for Syrian regime president Bashar al-Assad.

U.S. President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May discussed the Syria crisis by telephone on Monday evening (April 10) agreeing that there is a "window of opportunity" to convince Russia to abandon its support for Assad, a Downing Street spokesman said.

Meanwhile, the White House said in a statement that Trump also spoke with German Chancellor Angela Merkel about the U.S. missile strike in Syria last week.

According to the statement, May and Merkel expressed support for the U.S. action and agreed with Trump “on the importance of holding Syrian President Bashar al-Assad accountable” for an alleged sarin gas attack which killed scored of civilians.

Trump ordered the cruise missile strike on Syria's Shayrat air base last week in response to what Washington and its allies say was a poison gas attack by Syria's military in which dozens of civilians died.

It was the first time Washington has directly targeted Assad's government in six years of civil war, and has pushed Trump's administration into proclaiming that Washington still wants Assad eventually removed from power.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Monday that Assad is no longer part of the future of Syria.

"I think there's no question that the medium- and long-term future of a peaceful Syria no longer includes Bashar al-Assad,” Trudeau said during a visit to France to commemorate Canada’s war dead.

“We need to move as quickly as possible towards peace and stability in Syria" which does not include Assad, he added.