Biden says ‘Assad is a tyrant and must go’

Berlin, Feb 3: Vice President Joe Biden has said the US and its partners were pushing to help strengthen the Syrian opposition, insisting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was a ‘tyrant’ and must go.

Biden was speaking on the second day of security talks in the German city of Munich, where he is later due to hold talks on Syria with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Syrian opposition chief Moaz al-Khatib.

According to news24, he said that the US has provided ‘more than 50 million dollars in non-lethal assistance to the Syrian opposition and are working alongside their partners to help them become more inclusive and cohesive’.

But he referred to recent comments by US President Barack Obama, saying that ‘they are under no allusions, the days ahead will continue to be very difficult but the opposition continues to grow stronger’.

He said it was ‘no secret’ that Russia and the US have ‘serious differences’ on issues such as Syria, the report added. (ANI)