Hillary Clinton – Hillary Clinton seeks to end the rule of President Bashar al-Assadmet.
Today, the Secretary of State will meet with Syrians; this is a sign of the U.S. determination to see Assadâ€™s regime end.
Clinton met with members of the Syrian National Council, a coalition of opposition groups, shortly after the State Department announced it was sending Ambassador Robert Ford back to the country. Ford was pulled out on Oct. 24 due to fears for his safety.
Hillary said she was listening to their plans to oust the Assad regime and shift their country to democracy. She urged them to protect universal rights, the rule of law and minorities.
In addition, the Secretary of State urged the different opposition groups in the coalition to work together.
“If Syrians unite, they together can succeed in moving their country to that better future,” Hillary said. “We are well aware that there is a lot of hard work to be done. There are many Syrians in exile. We are committed to helping their country make this transition.”
Clinton had met Syrian opposition figures once previously, in August, shortly before the U.S. began explicitly calling for Assad to step down. Seven Syrian exiles met with her today. Many opposition figures inside Syria are afraid to leave because they may not be allowed to return.