And Joey Hood – the acting US Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs – issued a warning to countries that are considering normalizing their relations with the regime of Bashar al-Assad.
Hood warned against imposing sanctions on these countries “according to the Caesar regime.”
He called on those countries to be careful in this regard, reminding them of the need to take into account what he described as the atrocities committed by the Assad regime against the Syrian people, as he put it.
In the same context, the United States affirmed on Friday that there is no way to achieve peace and stability in Syria except through ending the war and implementing Security Council Resolution 2254.
This came in the words of the United Nations delegate to Washington, Linda Thomas Greenfield, during a session currently held in the Security Council, on the file of the Syrian crisis.
Since 2011, Syria has been witnessing a civil war that began after the regime of President Bashar al-Assad dealt forcefully with popular protests, forcing millions of people to flee and seek refuge in neighboring countries.
Resolution 2254, issued on December 18, 2015, calls on the Syrian parties to stop launching attacks on civilian targets, and to hold negotiations and elections under the supervision of the United Nations.
“There is only one way to achieve peace and stability in Syria, and that is to find a solution to the conflict, end the war and implement Security Council Resolution 2254,” Greenfield said.
“Resolution 2254 is the only way to a just and sustainable political solution to the Syrian conflict, which has become a threat to regional and international security,” she added.
“We are particularly concerned about the repeated violations of the ceasefire in Idlib (west). Military actions will not lead to peace, but to suffering.”