Obama confident of Congress sanction for striking Syria

Source : IANS
Last Updated: Wed, Sep 04, 2013 15:20 hrs

Stockholm, Sep 4 (IANS) Visiting US President Barack Obama said Wednesday that he is "confident" that the US Congress will agree to the government's plan to launch a military strike against Syria.

At a press conference in Stockholm, when asked what solutions he would take if the US Congress failed to approve strike against Syria, Obama tactically skirted the question by replying that he was "confident" that the Congress would agree to military action against Syria, Xinhua reported.

Obama said he did not intent to repeat the same mistake of false intelligence concerning Iraq, but emphasised he had "solid" intelligence this time that there has been chemical attack against Syrian people.

"With regard to the situation in Syria, we strongly condemn any and all use of chemical weapons. Those responsible for the use of chemical weapons must be held accountable," Obama and Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt said in a joint statement.

Reinfeldt and Obama also discussed bilateral relations, the global political and economic situation and trade relations, including the ongoing negotiations on a free trade agreement between the EU and the US - the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

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