Britain calls for new political settlement in Syria

DOHA, March 29 (KUNA) — British Defence Secretary Michael Fallon underlined the importance Tuesday of reaching a new political settlement in Syria with no place for Bashar Assad in it.
Fallon made his remarks in a press conference on the sideline of Doha exhibition on the Fifth Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference (DIMDEX 2016).
On the Syrian crisis, Fallon called for reaching a new peaceful settlement in Syria in which there should be no place for Assad.
He said “we should all work for bringing an end to the civil war in Syria, which caused death to thousands of people and made others homeless, and to pave the way for elections and the formation of a new national government that brings together all parties,” calling in the meantime for continuation and intensification of military campaign against IS.
Referring to attacks on the Belgian capital Brussels last week, the British Defence Secretary said the attacks acted as an alarm on the need to cooperate to defeat violence and the barbaric ideology adopted by IS, stressing the need to press ahead in the formation of an international alliance against terrorism.
Fallon noted the British navy will lead from next month until October the CTF-150 which includes 31 countries to make a deterrent force against piracy, smuggling and terrorism, explaining that this force also supports international efforts against IS and the halt of weapon supplies and personnel to and from areas under its control.
The British official added that Britain have one of the most powerful naval forces in the world, saying there are British naval pieces that constantly patrol the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden to secure maritime trade routes and maintain trade interests and oil and gas supplies to British ports.
Fallon said that the State of Qatar is an important regional strategic partner for Britain in all fields, especially in terms of military and defense relations.
Fallon added that last week witnessed the signing of a new Defence Cooperation Arrangement between the State of Qatar and Britain in London.
The Agreement will enable closer coordination on training and exercises until 2026. (end) nnd.mb