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Obama's Speech On Syria Disappoints Middle East Partners

Meng Meng |
September 11, 2013 | 11:38 a.m. PDT

Staff Reporter

(President Obama/ Creative Commons)
(President Obama/ Creative Commons)
President Obama’s speech on Tuesday sparked a wave of debate among the international community. The Middle East is largely disappointed by Obama's approach of dipolmatic action. China and Russia remain strong on their position to prevent any military intervention from the U.S., U.K. and France--the three countries that take a particularly hard stance on chemical weapons. 

-Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu 

"Not far north of here, dozens and sometimes hundreds of innocent civilians are slaughtered every day, some of them executed by gas - chemical weapons. This is a serious crime, a crime against humanity.

It should be ensured that chemical weapons harbored by the Syrian regime be dismantled and that the world needs to make sure that those who use weapons of mass destruction pay a price." 

-Turkish officials disappointed by the "new diplomatical way to deal with Assad." 

Soli Özel, professor of international relations at Istanbul’s Kadir Has University told The Christian Science Monitor that, “Over 100,000 people died, and you’re still talking to this guy and trying to find your way with him, and that’s unacceptable."

"The West and in particular the U.S. must understand that after the chemical weapons are transferred under international control, Syria will still have problems," he added. "A more effective approach is required."

-The Arab League chief Nabil Elaraby has expressed support for Russia's proposal to put Syria's chemical weapons under international control.

“Arab League has been always in favor of a "political resolution." He added, "thank God."

 -Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei warns against Syria attack.

“We do hope that the US policy change on Syria would be serious and not a ploy, reflecting an actual U-turn from the willful and erroneous approach.

Enemies of the Muslim Ummah are now quite aware that conflict among Islamic schools of thought would benefit the usurper Zionist regime and on the same basis, they organize Takfiri groups on the one hand and set up the presumably Islamic and even Shia media to provoke differences on the other hand, to pit Muslims against each other.” 


-France President Hollande said his country is ready to wage an attack if the U.N. fails to reach an international agreement. 

“France will remain mobilized” to punish Syria’s alleged use of poison gas, 

“France is determined “to explore all paths in the U.N. Security Council that permit the effective and verifiable control of chemical weapons present in Syria.”

"We would not be in this position of pursuing new avenues of getting Syrian chemical weapons out of Syria and destroyed unless a strong stance had been taken," he said.

-David Cameron, the British President defended a resolution outlined by the U.S., U.K. and France. 

“We would not be in this position of pursuing new avenues of getting Syrian chemical weapons out of Syria and destroyed unless a strong stance had been taken.” 

He added that the country will “not crawl up to dictators and telling them how wonderful they are."

-China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said Obama’s speech has not altered the country's position on Syria issues. 

“China always opposes the use of force or threats to use force in international relations,” Hong said. “The proposal raised by Russia offered an important opportunity to ameliorate the current intense situation and to resolve the concerns of the international society on the Syrian chemical weapon issue. We hope that all sides will insist on solving the relevant problems via political and diplomatic measures.”

-Russian President Putin responded to Obama’s “necessary military attack” comment.

"You can't really ask Syria, or any other country, to disarm unilaterally while military action against it is being contemplated," Putin said in an interview with a Russian television network.

According to CNN, Russian officials have submitted a plan to the United States for putting Syria's chemical weaponry under international control.  

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