The foreign Ministers of the leading allies of the United States met Monday amid mixed signals from the administration trump on the future of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
It is expected that the summit in Italy, the foreign Ministers of the G7 will ask the Secretary of state Rex Tillerson clarity on how will the United States now to shift the Assad regime. At the end of the week, the US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley suggested that regime change in Syria is inevitable after the attack last week in which he accused the Assad regime.
Haley told CNN "State of the Union" that the removal of Assad was the US priority. "If you look at his actions, if you look at the situation, it will be difficult to see a government that will be peaceful and stable with Assad," she said.
Senior officials from the trump stepped up his rhetoric against Russia over the weekend, before a meeting between Tillerson and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Moscow this week. Tillerson said that the support of the Syrian regime from Russia made him an accomplice in the actions of Assad.
"I hope that Russia is carefully considering its future Alliance with Bashar al-Assad, because each time when one of these horrific attacks, it brings Russia to a certain degree of responsibility," said Tillerson.
On Sunday, the President of Russia Vladimir Putin discussed the attack with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Both leaders agreed on the "inadmissibility" of the actions of the US against a sovereign state. In a statement issued by the Kremlin, Russia and Iran called for "objective, non-biased" investigation of the chemical attack that provoked the strike.
Tillerson and Lavrov discussed a missile attack in a telephone call on Saturday. According to the statement of the Russian foreign Ministry, Lavrov said that US claims that the Syrian government used chemical weapons, "not true".
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