Obama and Cameron vow to continue support for Syria opposition

  • US President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron pledged on Monday to continue to support the Syrian opposition in a bid to bring an end to the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

    Cameron, who is in Washington D.C. for talks, said there was an "urgent window of opportunity before the worst fears are realized" in Syria.

    "We're going to continue our efforts to increase pressure on the Assad regime, to provide humanitarian aid ... to strengthen the moderate opposition and to prepare for a democratic Syria without Bashar al-Assad," said Obama during the joint press conference.

    The two leaders also agreed to create a transitional body to replace Assad, with Obama stating that the topic would feature high on the agenda at a Geneva meeting in "the coming weeks".

    Both Obama and Cameron said they would also continue to provide humanitarian aid to the opposition.

    However, Cameron said he had not made a decision over whether the U.K. would help armed rebels.

    Earlier this month, US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel said the United States had not ruled out arming the Syrian opposition.

    Around 70,000 people have been killed and more than 1.2 million are living outside Syria as refugees since the uprising against Assad's rule began more than two years ago.

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