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Western Allies in Persian Gulf 'Becoming a Burden'

© Sputnik / Mikhail Voskresenskiy / Go to the photo bankA street in Damascus.
A street in Damascus. - Sputnik International
The West should reconsider its alliances in the Middle East with states involved in human rights abuses and supporting Islamic extremists, London-based human rights group Organization for Democracy and Freedom in Syria Founder Ribal al-Assad told Sputnik.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry (L), German Foreign Minister Frank Walter Steinmeier (2ndL), UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura (7thL), US Secretary of State John Kerry (5thR), Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (4thR), Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Li Baodong (2ndR) and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif (R) wait before a meeting with 17 nations, the European Union and United Nations at the Hotel Imperial on October 30, 2015 in Vienna, Austria - Sputnik International
Only Democratic Syrian Representatives Must Join Vienna Talks - Ribal Assad
WASHINGTON (Sputnik), Leandra Bernstein — The United States and Europe count Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the Gulf monarchies as key allies in the ongoing fight against the Islamic State and extremism in the Middle East, despite those countries' documented support for Salafist extremists and the Muslim Brotherhood.

“They are becoming a burden on us,” Assad said in a Thursday interview specifically citing Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey.

A number of western allies are “worse than the Syrian regime,” Assad, the cousin of Syrian President Bashar Assad, explained.

“Our allies are still dictatorships… some of them [still follow] Sharia law, they cut people's heads off, they cut people’s hands off, they whip people. These are our allies, but it is embarrassing today to say these are our allies,” Assad stated.


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