KSA: Russia ‘can’t save Assad, killer of 300,000’

Updated 16 February 2016
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KSA: Russia ‘can’t save Assad, killer of 300,000’

RIYADH: Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir said Sunday that Russia's efforts to support Syrian President Bashar Assad would not succeed in keeping him in power.

Addressing a press conference with Swiss Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter, Al-Jubeir stressed that previous efforts to prop up Assad, including by Iran, had "failed."
"Now, (Assad) has sought the help of Russia, which will fail to save him," he said, urging Moscow to "end its air operations against the moderate Syrian opposition."
Al-Jubeir said that "it is impossible for a man behind the killing of 300,000 innocent people... to remain" in power.
Assad's departure "is a matter of time... sooner or later, this regime will fall, opening the way for building a new Syria without Bashar Assad."
He urged the Syrian regime to "immediately allow the entry of humanitarian assistance to all parts of Syria, end military attacks on innocent civilians... (and) begin a political transition in Syria."
US President Barack Obama, meanwhile, urged Russia to stop bombing "moderate" rebels, a campaign seen as a major obstacle to latest efforts to end the war.
Referring to the deplorable conditions in Syria, which require immediate relief supplies and also ground operation to oust Assad, Al-Jubeir said: “Any move to deploy Saudi troops into Syria would depend on the decision made by the US-led coalition fighting Daesh insurgents.”
He confirmed that the Kingdom had sent aircraft to Turkey’s Incirlik Air Base for the fight against Daesh.


Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman touches down in India

Updated 10 min 31 sec ago
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Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman touches down in India

NEW DELHI: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrived in India on Tuesday for the second stage of his Asia tour.

He was greeted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi after his plane touched down at Air Force Station Palam in New Delhi at about 9.15 p.m. local time.

The crown prince is expected to announce a $1 billion investment in India’s infrastructure and farming sectors during his first visit to the nation.

He is accompanied by leading Saudi businessmen and officials.

India is hoping the crown prince will announce an investment in its National Investment Infrastructure Fund (NIIF), a sovereign wealth fund that includes private companies and foreign investors.

The Kingdom is India’s top energy supplier and home to more than 3.5 million Indian expatriates. 

Saudi Arabia's embassy in New Delhi tweeted a collection of Indian citizens welcoming the crown prince to their country for his first state visit.