King Abdullah Of Jordan Says Syrian President Should Step Down
Eyder Peralta
Monday, November 14, 2011 at 3:34 PM
Font size: A | A | A | A |

Jordan's King Abdullah.
Jordan's King Abdullah.
Khalil Mazraawi | AFP/Getty Images

King Abdullah became the first Arab leader to call for Bashar Assad's ouster. The king also said he did not support a military intervention in Syria.

King Abdullah of Jordan put more pressure on Syria's embattled President Bashar Assad to step down.

"I believe, if I were in his shoes, I would step down," King Abdullah told the BBC. "If Bashar has the interest of his country, he would step down, but he would also create an ability to reach out and start a new phase of Syrian political life."

His comments come two days after the Arab League suspended Syria's membership over the continued clashes between the government and protesters. Since the uprising began, earlier this year, more than 3,000 Syrians have died, according to the United Nations.

King Abdullah also made two important points his interview:

-- He said even if Assad steps down, there's no telling if things will change in the country. Abdullah said he knows Assad has "reform in his blood," but the system may not allow for it.

-- Abdullah said he doesn't believe any Arab country supports military intervention in Syria. He said in no uncertain terms that Jordan doesn't "support military intervention."

From Beirut, NPR's Kelly McEvers reports that this is the first Arab leader to call for Assad to step down. [Copyright 2011 National Public Radio]



This article is filed in: World News, News

Also in World News  
EU Human Rights Court Could Be Last Stop For German Claiming CIA Kidnapping
Khaled El-Masri says he was mistakenly flown to a secret prison in Afghanistan by the CIA.

Civilians Flee, Soldiers Dig In On Sudanese Frontier
The U.N. is threatening both Sudans with sanctions if they can't reverse their escalating feud.

How To Address France's New, Unmarried First Lady
France's new president was inaugurated Tuesday, and he's moving into the presidential palace with his longtime "companion." Host Michel Martin and the Beauty Shop ladies weigh in on political protocol when it comes to heads of state, politicians and their unmarried significant others.

At Trial, Serb Gen. Mladic Taunts Survivors With Throat-Cutting Gesture
Charged with 11 counts of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, he remains defiant.

Atlanta Opens New International Terminal
Officials hope the facility means more international businesses will choose to locate in Georgia.

Comments  
Post a Comment