World leaders urge end to Syrian violence

2011-08-13 23:21
Washington – US President Barack Obama reached out to the leaders of Britain and Saudi Arabia on Saturday to build consensus for an end to the violent crackdown by Syria's government.

The White House said Obama spoke separately to British Prime Minister David Cameron and Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah, both of whom agreed with Obama that Syrian President Bashar Assad's government must end its attacks on civilians.

While the US has repeatedly condemned the violence in Syria and said Assad has lost legitimacy, the Obama administration has stopped short of explicitly calling for him to leave power.

A US official told The Associated Press on Friday that the demand for Assad to step down would come "sooner rather than later".

Some of the administration's hesitation reflects concern about adopting a more aggressive tone without adequate support from European allies and Arab partners.

The White House said Obama and Cameron agreed to closely monitor the actions of the Syrian government and consult on further steps in the coming days. The Saudi king also agreed to consult with Obama closely, the White House said.

The US issued new penalties against Syria last week, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has also called for a global trade embargo on oil and gas from the Middle East nation.

Anti-government protests in Syria have grown dramatically over the past five months, driven in part by anger over the government's bloody crackdown in which rights groups say at least 1 700 civilians have been killed.
Read more on:    bashar assad  |  david cameron  |  barack obama  |  king abdullah  |  saudi arabia  |  syria  |  us  |  syria conflict  |  uprisings

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Phuc Dat Bich was a hoax

4 minutes ago publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


One man's $1 million vision for an eco Africa

When you combine environment, entrepreneurship and technology its pure genius. Meet the genius behind Eco-Fuel Africa, Sanga Moses.



China's air pollution at doomsday levels
Hurricanes, earthquakes and floods – What climate change really means for us
Moving short film on ivory trade
10 Tips for Greener Shopping

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts

The pace may be slow today and you may struggle to get things off the ground level, but it is important to focus on the more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.