Syria conflict: Obama rejects G20 pressure to abandon air strike plan

Last Updated: Sat, Sep 07, 2013 05:22 hrs

U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday countered attempts by Russia and other members of the G20 to block plans for air strikes against Syria, enlisting support of ten fellow leaders.

Obama held is his ground even after Russian President Vladimir Putin led a campaign to talk him out of military intervention at a two-day summit of the Group of Twenty (G20) developed and developing economies in St Petersburg.

He cited the support of 10 other G20 nations who he managed to persuade to sign a statement calling for a strong international response against Syria following a chemical weapons attack by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Obama also resisted pressure form China and the United Nations that appeared to dissuade him from a military intervention into the civil war in Syria that has claimed thousands of lives in the last 2 years.

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