Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad must leave office or face being turfed out by force, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir said Tuesday, warning of stepped up support for Syrian rebel groups. Jubeir rejected Russian calls for an international coalition to help Assad fight the Islamic State group, and said the Syrian leader’s best option would be to step down. “There is no future for Assad in Syria, with all due respect to the Russians or anyone else,” Jubeir told reporters in New York after meetings with Saudi Arabia’s allies.

“There are two options for a settlement in Syria. One option is a political process where there would be a transitional council,” he said, describing this as the “preferred option.” “The other option is a military option, which also would end with the removal of Bashar al-Assad from power,” Jubeir warned.”This could be a more lengthy process and a more destructive process, but the choice is entirely that of Bashar al-Assad.” FULL REPORT