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U.S. president Obama tells Syrian leader Assad ‘we need you for diplomacy and to stabilize the situation’ after crisis in Damascus
A child lies on his bed in a UN hospital in the Syrian city of Aleppo on Oct. 4. Syrian forces and Russian-backed rebels fought for control on Tuesday in the city as the international community attempts to end an 18-month conflict. (Astrid Riecken/AP)
President Obama declared in a phone call Tuesday night with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad that Washington should make the Russian regime inside Syria its first and foremost ally, and urged Moscow to코인 카지노 keep the opposition out of power, U.S. officials said.
The call, which the president made in a late-night call with Syrian officials in an attempt to persuade Russia to keep the opposition out of power, comes just days after U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry told Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov that the U.S. will not accept any regime change in Syria that takes place by force on the ground.
White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters Wednesday that the call was «very, very serious,» and said it was made because Russia should not have become Assad’s ally. Obama also said that the United States is «committed» to supporting a Syrian political transition that brings to power a transitional government that represents all the Syrian people.
But as the president prepared to go to Moscow in the coming days, the administration also said that U.S. officials were 카지노 게임told Assad was no longer available to be negotiated with. «They said the president was very, very sick — he’s in serious critical condition and not taking any medical leave at this point,» a senior White House official told CNN.
Carney said Obama told Putin on the call that the Obama administration 포커is serious about continuing to work with Russia on political transition, saying, «That means talking about Syria, supporting political transition and not being Assad’s friend — that we’re serious about those things, too.»
An official involved in the call told reporters that Obam