German FM rejects Riyadh's notion of Syria without Assad

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has dismissed as unwise Saudi Arabia’s stance that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad must be ousted from power for the restoration of peace to the war-ravaged country.

“Maybe it would be shortsighted that we envisage no peace in Syria with Assad and that there will be no future for Syria with Assad,” Steinmeier said in a joint press conference with his Saudi counterpart Adel al-Jubeir in Riyadh on Monday.

The comments came in response to heated rhetoric by Jubeir who during the briefing repeated Riyadh's view that Assad had to leave power if peace in Syria was to be achieved.

“If it is a matter of months, two or three months or less, that is not important. But Assad has no future in Syria,” Jubeir said, adding that Riyadh even rejects Assad’s stay in power until an election could be held for any transition in Syria.

Steinmeier, however, admitted that Assad’s presence is necessary for Syria for the time being, saying the Syrian leader may be forced to step down in the long term.

OP: Pathetic saudis think they can order things around, Iran is already inside Saudi Arabia through the Houthis. Saudis actually think they hold any real power LOL