Washington: The United States has said that it was "gratified" by India's support to a resolution on Syria at the United Nations Security Council.

"With regard to India, we were gratified by their support," State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland told reporters, when asked about India voting in favour of the US backed resolution on Syria at the UNSC, which was vetoed by Russia and China.

Nuland reiterated that it is time for Assad regime to go as it has lost its legitimacy to rule the country and that it supports Syrian opposition's planning of a transitional governing authority.

"There's going to have to be an interim authority until we can get to elections there, and that all of our support needs to go into that.

"And also that there is going to have to be some kind of a transitional security arrangement that all the parties in Syria are also going to have to think about, assuring the safety of all of the citizens of Syria in the transition period," Nuland said at her daily news conference.

Observing that it is for the Syrian people to decide on their next leaders, Nuland said: "What we are trying to do is encourage and help all the strands of the Syrian opposition work together, work together to hasten the day when Syria has the democratic chance that the Syrian people want."

"And also to prepare for a political transition, a transition in terms of protecting the human rights of all Syrians, giving them all a voice in their future, ensuring the country is secure, and ensuring some of these horrific weapons are secure," she said.

The US official warned against any use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime.

"Any talk about any use of any kind of a weapon like that in this situation is horrific and chilling.”

"The Syrian regime has a responsibility to the world, has a responsibility first and foremost to its own citizens to protect and safeguard those weapons, and that kind of loose talk just speaks to the kind of regime that we're talking about," she said.

"Like all countries in the neighbourhood, it makes sense for there to be prudent planning for self defence. Right now, we are focused on these very strong warnings to anybody who might have their hands on these weapons about their responsibilities with regard to them," Eland said.


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