Obama Considers Putting More Pressure on Assad
US President Barack Obama has said he is considering new ways to pressure the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Obama's remarks came on Friday as he hosted Jordan's King Abdullah II at the Sunnylands retreat in Palm Springs, in southern California, to discuss issues that include the flood of Syrian refugees pouring into Jordan.
Obama said that both leaders "recognise that we can't just treat the symptoms" of the crisis, "we're also going to have to solve the underlying problem - a regime led by Bashar al-Assad that has shown very little regard for the wellbeing of his people.”
"We are going to need a political transition in that region," Obama said.
The US President told reporters that he does not expect the conflict to be resolved any time soon and that "there are going to be some immediate steps that we have to take to help the humanitarian assistance there."
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