October 20, 2015 / 11:34 AM / 2 years ago

Britain says Syria's Assad must go 'at some point'

Britain's Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond leaves following a televised interview outside the conference hall at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester, Britain October 4, 2015.Suzanne Plunkett

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain wants Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to leave power 'at some point' as part of any deal by world powers to end the conflict, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said on Tuesday.

"We are ready to engage with anyone who is willing to talk about what that political transition in Syria might look like, but we are very clear from our point of view it must involve, at some point, the departure of Bashar al-Assad," Hammond told lawmakers in the House of Commons.

He said a proposal for safe zones in northern Syria to use as a base for fighting Islamic State militants was deemed impractical.

Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge; editing by Kate Holton

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