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Syria’s Assad should leave ‘as soon as possible’: Hollande

French President Francois Hollande

Washington: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad must step down at once in order to bring about an end to the country’s brutal civil war, French President Francois Hollande said Tuesday during a visit to Washington.

“I cannot give you a date, but it should be as soon as possible,” Hollande told reporters in the White House, adding that Assad “cannot be the future of Syria.