The US does not want Assad returned control over the North-East of Syria

Special representative of the US Secretary of state for Syria James Jeffrey said that the “regime” of Assad does not contribute to stability.

The United States does not want the government of the President Bashar al-Assad to regain control of the North-East of Syria. This was stated on Sunday by the US Secretary of state’s special representative for Syria James Jeffrey at the Munich security conference.

“Our goals in the North-East [of Syria] have not changed. They assume the preservation of security in the region, namely: this means that we do not want the regime (the American characteristic of the Assad government) back there, as it does not contribute to stability, ” – said Jeffrey.

At the same time, he noted that the United States withdraw ground troops from Syria, “because the main purpose in connection with which they were introduced, and this is to assist the Syrian democratic forces and the victory over the terrorist group “Islamic state” made”.

Jeffrey made a statement that, despite the withdrawal of troops, the United States will continue to fight ISIS. “We maintain the air force potential, the ability to respond to threats that arise due to the presence of ISIS forces,” he added.

The special representative said that the US does not call for the departure of the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, but require changes in the behavior of Damascus. “But we call for serious changes in the behavior of the regime,” added Jeffrey.

On Friday, the Washington Post, citing sources in the Pentagon, reported that the US Department of defense is working on plans to create a security zone for Kurdish groups in the North-East of Syria with the participation of troops from European countries. The publication reports that representatives of the Washington administration, as well as the US Congress on the sidelines of the 55th Munich security conference call on the leaders of European countries, in particular the UK, Germany and France, to create a security zone for the Kurds and send a combined contingent of 1.5 thousand soldiers to protect them.