EU at odds with Trump administration over Assad’s role in Syria

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A mock cemetery set up by Save the Children in Brussels, as a reminder of the impact of six years of war on Syrian children. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

The EU has reasserted that Bashar al-Assad has no future in Syria, just days after the Trump administration said his departure was no longer a priority for settling the conflict. Federica Mogherini, the EU foreign policy chief, said after six and a half years of war it was completely unrealistic to believe that the future of Syria would be exactly the same as its past. The EU wanted “a meaningful and inclusive transition in Syria” open to Syrians from all backgrounds, she said. “It is for the Syrians to decide, but for all Syrians.”MThe French foreign minister, Jean-Marc Ayrault, was more specific: “France does not believe for an instant that this new Syria can be led by Assad.”…..Read More