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Haley says ‘no option’ for Assad to remain in power after gas attack

Washington’s UN ambassador says that Syria’s President Bashar Assad cannot stay in power after a suspected chemical attack that prompted the first direct US military action against his government.

In an interview with CNN, Nikki Haley says peace in Syria was impossible with Assad in power.

“There’s not any sort of option where a political solution is going to happen with Assad at the head of the regime,” she tells the “State of the Union” program.

“If you look at his actions, if you look at the situation, it’s going to be hard to see a government that’s peaceful and stable with Assad.”

“Regime change is something that we think is going to happen,” she says, adding that Washington was also focused on fighting the Islamic State group in Syria and ending Iranian influence.

— AFP

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