The United States said it would not intervene militarily in Syria, but said it is “not yet clear” whether its armed forces would take action against the Syrian government.
The US State Department said on Wednesday that the United States is “confident that we can continue to work closely with allies and partners to secure a peaceful transition” in Syria.
“We continue to be very confident in the capacity of the international community to secure an end to this conflict,” US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said in a statement.
The statement said that “the US and its partners are committed to a peaceful, inclusive, inclusive transition” to the Syrian presidency, and that “we are not yet clear whether US forces would participate in a military operation.”
“The US is confident that we will continue to cooperate closely with partners, including Russia and other allies, in the process to secure the cessation of hostilities in Syria,” Haley said.
On Monday, US President Donald Trump said his administration would not engage militarily, but that “it’s not yet certain that we’re going to be able to have a resolution.”
“I think we need to have some clarity on what exactly the military is going to do and how we’re gonna be involved, and if they’re going, we’re not going, he said in remarks to a joint session of Congress.
The United States has so far deployed a small number of special operations troops in Syria and has not directly intervened in the civil war.
The Trump administration also has made it clear that it would prefer to see a political transition take place through diplomatic means.US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in February that he was open to a political process but that he would not “lead a war” if it involved US troops.