Syrian conflict: Australia considers changing position Assad must step aside, Julie Bishop says
Australia is considering softening its opposition to the Assad regime in Syria, with Foreign Minister Julie Bishop saying a political solution needs to be found to solve the country’s deadly conflict.
Ms Bishop is currently at the United Nations in New York and hinted at the major policy shift.
“The fear that a number of countries have is that if the Assad regime were either removed or collapsed, it would create a vacuum, and one might find that it was filled by an even more diabolical presence than the Assad regime,” she said.
“I don’t for a moment shy away from the comments that we have made in the past about the illegitimacy of the regime.