The US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, has announced the new strategy of the Trump administration in the Syrian conflict.
According to Haley, the regime change in Syria is one of the top priorities of the US foreign policy and a political solution of the crisis is not going to happen “with Assad at the head of the regime.”
“There’s not any sort of option where a political solution is going to happen with Assad at the head of the regime,” Haley said in an interview on CNN’s State of the Union, adding that “Regime change is something that we think is going to happen.”
Haley also declared that decreasing the Iranian influence in Syria and combating the ISIS terrorist group are important goals of the current US administration.
The US official also added that US President Donald Trump is already considering the issue of imposing new sanctions on Russia and Iran.
“I think that’s conversations that he [Trump] will be having and have started to have, going forward. But I think he will have to look at the situation,” she told the CNN host when asked whether Trump “wants tougher sanctions on Russia and Iran.”
Haley’s remarks followed the US missile strike on a military airfiled operated by the Syrian Air Force and her statement to the UN Security Council that the US was ready to “do more” military actions.