Syrian opposition urges Trump and EU to pressure Russia and Iran

Syrian opposition urges Trump and EU to pressure Russia and Iran
    Syrian opposition urges Trump and EU to pressure Russia and Iran
    LONDON (Reuters) - US President Donald Trump and European Union leaders are expected to step up pressure on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his allies Russia and Iran to resume talks to end the civil war in Syria , the chief negotiator of the Syrian opposition said on Monday.

    Nasr Hariri said that unless the West forces Assad and his powerful allies to seek peace, Syrian civilians will continue to die.

    "I would like to ask all those countries that promised that they would support the Syrian people and their aspirations for democracy and peace: why did they not keep their promises?" Hariri told Reuters in London.

    Chief negotiator of the main Syrian opposition group Hariri called on Trump and EU leaders such as German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Theresa May to be tougher on Assad.

    The Syrian conflict map has been decisively redesigned in favor of Assad and his Russian and Iranian allies over the past two years. They resumed large population centers in western Syria of rebels who sought to overthrow the government and moved the Islamic state eastward.

    With the collapse of rebel territories, most European countries quietly softened their positions that Assad must leave power as part of any peace agreement. But the opposition entered the last formal talks last month without softening its demand for Assad's resignation.
    Wael Elyamani
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