Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al Jubeir said in a statement on Tuesday, following talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow, that Riyadh's position regarding the ongoing crisis in Syria has not changed and that Assad is part of the problem, not the solution, and there is no place for the head of the Syrian regime leader, Bashar al Assad in the future of the country, according to al Arabiya News.
Lavrov, a long-standing ally of Assad in the crisis, said that “early details” on how to manage international affairs in fighting ISIS have begun to emerge, nevertheless Russia was still in disagreement with Saudi Arabia regarding the future of Assad in Syria.
Assad enjoys the unlimited support of two main acting countries in the region, Iran and Russia, which provide his regime with funds and arms.
Both Moscow and Riyadh agreed that international actors should join forces in battling the insurgency in both Syria and Iraq, said Lavrov. Coordinating with both Syrian and Iraqi armies, Kurdish forces and some Syrian opposition fighting factions are already battling the ISIS insurgency.
Riyadh is interested in purchasing "top-not ch Russian military arms," including the Iskander missiles, and hopes that the two countries would reach an agreed upon arms contract, Jubeir added.
The Syrian Head of National Security Office, Ali Memluk had visited Riyadh in an attempt to discuss the ongoing Syrian crisis with King Salman, in which Saudis claimed that Riyadh’s opposition to Assad is due to his strong stance with Iran.
The Kingdom has been in a five-month long war against the Iranian backed Houthi rebels in Yemen. Saudi King Salman responded to the Yemeni President Abbed Rabbuh Mansour Hadi’s call to “save Yemen” from Houthi aggression. On March 25, the Saudi-led Arab coalition started it’s operations in Yemen.