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US:Syria’s president must go, Obama says

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Laaska News  August 18,2011

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US President Barack Obama insists that Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad must resign.

Mr. Obama made this statement on Thursday. Until then, the US refrained from saying that and only called on the Syrian authorities to stop suppressing the opposition.

Mr. Obama also gave a written order to introduce new sanctions against Syria – namely, freezing all the Libyan government accounts in US banks and bans on investments into the Syrian economy and on exporting goods to Syria.

The European Union, France and Germany also insist that Mr. al-Assad must go.

“The EU believes that Bashar al-Assad has lost any legitimacy in the eyes of the Syrian people. He must leave his post,” says Catherine Ashton, EU’s representative for foreign affairs and security policy.

A joint statement of France’s President Nicolas Sarkozy and Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel says the same.

On Thursday morning, Bashar al-Assad announced that Syria had stopped any force operations against the opposition.


Obama to urge Syrian president to leave power: U.S. media

WASHINGTON, Aug. 18 (Xinhua) — U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday will call on Syrian President Bashar Assad to step down and will order new sanctions against Syria, U.S. media said.

An unnamed official was quoted as saying that the White House will issue shortly a “very tough” new executive order sanctioning Syria, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will make a formal announcement at a news conference.

Laaska News.