April 21, 2016

Corker Talks to Syrian Opposition Leader as Geneva Peace Talks Appear to Collapse

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today spoke with Dr. Riyad Hijab, a senior representative of the Syrian opposition, as the peace talks in Geneva appear to collapse.

“Having just spoken with Dr. Riyad Hijab about the current situation in Syria, I understand why the moderate opposition is withdrawing from the Geneva talks,” said Corker. “The Assad regime continues to target civilians, block humanitarian access, and refuse the release of detainees. Meanwhile Russia and Iran continue to flood weapons, heavy equipment and personnel into Syria as violence is picking up throughout the country. Now that the cessation of hostilities is effectively dead, it looks like it’s time to consider what Secretary Kerry referred to as ‘Plan B’, and I look forward to him laying that out very soon.”

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