Friday, July 31
Latest News
  1. Turkey probes Kurdish leader, ramps up air strikes against PKK
  2. Israel PM calls Palestinian toddler death 'act of terrorism'
  3. PLO holds Israel government 'fully responsible' for toddler's death
  4. IMF approves $1.24 bn Iraq emergency lifeline
  5. Egypt, Saudi sign pact to boost military ties
  6. Embassy: US delivers F-16s to Egypt ahead of Kerry visit
  7. In Iraq bastions, PKK braces for new war with Turkey
  8. Five dead in attacks as Turkey battles PKK
  9. Pakistan says second round of Afghan-Taliban talks postponed
  10. Humanitarian chief: Yemen blockade 'killing' civilians
  11. OPEC chief says oil cartel 'not ready' to cut production
  12. Syrian Kurds refine oil for themselves for first time
  13. Deadly car bomb hits Yemen capital as fighting rages in south
  14. Army: Nigeria appoints new head of multinational force on Boko Haram
  15. Analysts: Allies tolerate Turkey's double game to boost IS fight
  16. Afghan Taliban unaware of peace talks, no comment on Mullah Omar
  17. At least 12 dead as truck hits pilgrims in Mexico
  18. White House: Report of Mullah Omar death 'credible'
  19. Federal Reserve holds key rate unchanged
  20. Kuwait's Zain telecom Q2 profit dives over Arab unrest

Saudi says negotiated Syria settlement 'inconceivable'

Jan. 22, 2013 3:38 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 25, 2013 9:16 A.M.)
RIYADH (Reuters) -- Saudi Arabia's foreign minister said on Tuesday the scale of violence used by Syria's government when fighting rebels meant a negotiated settlement of the country's crisis was unthinkable.

"Damascus... which has been a city for the longest period of time, is carpet bombed. How can you conceive of the possibility of a negotiated settlement with somebody who does that to his own country, to his own history, to his own people? It is inconceivable to us," Prince Saud al-Faisal told a news conference.

He was speaking after an Arab summit focusing on economic development, which was not attended by Syria.

Sunni Muslim power Saudi Arabia, the world's top oil exporter and birthplace of Islam, has led Arab efforts to isolate the government of President Bashar Assad, which is allied to Saudi Arabia's main regional rival - Shiite Muslim Iran.

More than 60,000 Syrians have been killed and another 650,000 have become refugees abroad during the rebellion, which began in March 2011, the United Nations has said.

Last year Prince Saud said the rebels should be armed. However, Syria's opposition has failed to form a unified transitional government to run areas it holds, underscoring international concerns the conflict may allow radical Islamist groups to gain ground.
Powered By: HTD Technologies
Ma'an News Agency
All rights reserved © 2005-2015