Russian withdrawal from Syria ‘very positive’ – Saudi Arabia
Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir

RIYADH:  Russia’s partial withdrawal of forces from Syria is “a very positive step”, Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told reporters in Riyadh on Wednesday, adding he hoped it would compel President Bashar al-Assad to make concession.

“It is our hope that it will contribute to an acceleration of the political process based on the Geneva 1 declaration and that it will compel the Assad regime to make the concessions necessary to bring about a political transition,” he said.

Asked about oil market speculation of a “grand bargain” involving Saudi energy policy and Russia’s foreign policy, he said: “As far as I know, and I believe I am in a position to know, there is no such thing.”


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