Tillerson Expressed Readiness to Cooperate with Russia on Syrian Settlement
Washington is ready to discuss with Moscow the sequence of steps necessary to overcome the conflict in Syria, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said.
"We are committed to the stability of Syria following the battle to defeat terrorists. USA favored a unified Syria, not divided, as well as the drafting of a new constitution, free and fair elections and a new political leadership", he stressed.
"We're working closely with Russia and other parties to see if we can agree a path forward on how to stabilize Syria, create zones of stabilization and lines of deconfliction that will hold, and then create conditions for the political process to play out in Geneva", the US top diplomat said.
According to him, Washington still supports the Geneva process as a means of engaging the parties on the future of Syria's governance.
He said the creation of a de-escalation zone in the southwest part of Syria, created by Russia, the United States and Jordan was "one small measure of success".
"It is our hope that this first zone of deconfliction will hold, with the Russians' assistance and the Russians delivering on their commitments, and that we can find ways to replicate this in other areas, in particular, in the north northern part of Syria, as we continue to liberate areas from terrorists", the US top diplomat said.