US names condition for recognition of Syrian presidential elections in 2021

23:35, 16 December 2020
US names condition for recognition of Syrian presidential elections in 2021 Photo: Pan ChaoyueXinhua/Global Look Press

US Permanent Representative to the UN Kelly Craft said that Washington will not recognize the result of the upcoming 2021 presidential election in Syria if Damascus does not carry out political reforms.

According to the United States, the incumbent Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and the political forces loyal to him are trying in every possible way to slow down the work of the constitutional committee of the Syrian Arab Republic (SAR). They are doing it to gain time while Assad is 'preparing to hold a fictitious presidential election.'

Craft said that Washington is ready to recognize the vote results if held per Resolution 2254, adopted by the UN Security Council in 2015. The document's text dictates that the future of the state should be determined by the Syrian people and recognizes the role of the International Syria Support Group (ISSG) as a central platform for facilitating UN peace efforts.

The international community will not allow the Assad regime to impose a military victory on the Syrian people through the illegal presidential election and in the absence of political reforms, RIA Novosti quoted Craft.

Earlier, Assad announced that he would decide on his participation in the elections in early 2021.

Since Assad's Ba'ath party came to power 50 years ago, Syria has had no 'free and fair' elections, reported earlier citing the US State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus.