As Russia, Iran, Arab States Aid Quake-Hit Syria, U.S. Vows No Assad Talks

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s friends and foes of the United States pledged humanitarian efforts to help Damascus contend with a devastating earthquake that rocked Syria and neighboring Turkey, the U.S. has asserted that it would not engage with the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Speaking at a press briefing Monday, State Department spokesperson Ned Price told reporters that “the U.S. is a partner to the people of Syria” and has “provided more humanitarian assistance to the people of Syria than any other country going forward.”

However, he said that “it would be quite ironic—if not even counterproductive—for us to reach out to a government that has brutalized its people over the course of a dozen years now—gassing them, slaughtering them, being responsible for much of the suffering that they have endured.”




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