Obama, Putin Discuss Ending Violence In Syria
President Obama was unsuccessful in gaining Russian President Vladimir Putin's support in putting more pressure on Syria's government, including tougher sanctions on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
At the G20 summit Monday in Los Cabos, Mexico, The Guardian reported President Obama calling the discussion "candid"— that little had been agreed upon though they did agree the violence needed to end.
In the joint statement, the two leaders said: "In order to to stop the the bloodshed in Syria, we call for an immediate cessation of the violence and express full support for the efforts of the UN and Arab states joint special envoy Kofi Annan, including on moving forward on political transition to a democratic pluralist political system that would be implemented by the Syrians themselves in the framework of Syrian sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity.
Obama and Putin have been at odds with how to resolve Syria's conflict as Putin has protected Assad with United Nations Security Council vetoes, Bloomberg reported. However, Putin has said that the two sides will continue discussions.
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