'The world cannot stay silent on Syria' - Obama

Published September 4th, 2013 - 02:12 GMT
US President Obama said that the world "must not stay silent on Syria". (AFP/File)
US President Obama said that the world "must not stay silent on Syria". (AFP/File)

US President Barack Obama said in Stockholm on Wednesday that the international community should take decisive action in Syria over allegations that the government used chemical weapons against its civilians. 

Speaking following a meeting with Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, Obama told reporters:""I discussed our assessment and (Swedish ) and I are in an agreement that in the face of such barbarism the international community cannot be silent". 

"Failing to respond to this attack would only increase the risk of more attacks and that possibility that other countries would use these weapons, as well," he told a press conference in Sweden, according to Reuters.

Obama added that he would not make the same mistakes as the Bush administration in Iraq, expressing his confidence in securing Congressional backing for a strike in Syria, Reuters reported.

"I'm somebody who opposed the war in Iraq. And I am not interested in repeating mistakes of us basing decisions on faulty intelligence," he told reporters.

The President added that he hoped that Russian President Vladimir Putin would change his stance on a possible Syrian intervention and back the strikes.

"I'm always hopeful ... Ultimately, we can end deaths much more rapidly if Russia takes a different approach to these problems," he said, according to Reuters.


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