The United States and Saudi Arabia have warned SyrianPresident Bashar Assad they will boost support to rebels fighting to oust himunless he steps down.
After a series of meetings in the
Riyadh on Monday, US
Secretary of State John Kerry and Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal
told reporters Assad must understand recent scud missile attacks on regime foes
in the city of Aleppo would not be tolerated by
the international community and that he had lost all claim to be Syria's
Saud, whose country along with other
Gulf states is widely believed to be
supplying weapons to the Syrian rebels, said Saudi Arabia could not ignore the
brutality Assad is inflicting on his people, even after two years of escalating
violence that has claimed 70,000 lives.
He said history had never seen a government use strategic missiles against its own people.
"This cannot go on," he said.
"He has lost all authority."
In his discussions with Kerry, Saud said he had "stressed the importance of enabling the Syrian people to exercise its legitimate right to defend itself against the regime's killing machine."
Saud also decried the fact Assad continued to get weapons from "third parties," a veiled reference to
Russia and Iran, which have backed the regime
through the conflict.
Arabia will do everything within its capacity, and we do
believe that what is happening in Syria is a slaughter, a slaughter
of innocents" he said.
"We can't bring ourselves to remain quiet. Morally we have a duty."
Kingdom of Saudi never let down the world, the world never forget about the Kingdom’s generously and benevolences for the Syrian people their great struggle. This is where money and power getting together. Criminal Assad is dead now! When you look at the geography US and Gulf State have to stick together beat criminal Assad, that is best for US interest too and Syrian people of course and all around, that one criminal cause so much headache! So much immensely misery so many people! I can not just believe why the criminal still breath in the earth!