No future for Assad in Syria: G-7

From left : EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, Italy Foreign Minister Angelino A
From left : EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, Italy Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida on the second day of a meeting of Foreign Affairs Ministers from the Group of Seven (G7) industrialised countries on April 11, 2017 in Lucca, Tuscany.PHOTO: AFP

LUCCA (Italy) • Group of Seven (G-7) foreign ministers have agreed President Bashar al-Assad should not be part of Syria's future, as they rejected a call for new sanctions on Damascus and its key ally Moscow.

The ministers threw their support behind US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson as he headed for vital talks in Moscow. But Russian President Vladimir Putin remained steadfast in his support of Mr Assad yesterday, saying he had information of plans to fake chemicals weapons attacks to frame the Syrian leader and that the US was planning to launch new missile strikes.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 12, 2017, with the headline 'No future for Assad in Syria: G-7'. Print Edition | Subscribe