US wants India to take steps against Syria

Hillary Clinton said what was necessary to pressure Assad was to sanction Syria`s oil, gas industry.

Washington: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, asked why the United States has not yet called for Syria`s President to step down, said Washington wants other nations to add their voices, according to an interview by the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley released on Thursday.

The United States has been "very clear" in its statements about Syrian President Bashar al-Assad`s loss of legitimacy, Hillary said, according to a transcript of the CBS interview.

"But it`s important that it`s not just the American voice. And we want to make sure those voices are coming from around the world," she said.

Hillary also said what was necessary to pressure Assad, whose government has unleashed a bloody five-month crackdown on protesters in cities across the country, was to sanction Syria`s oil and gas industry.

"And we want to see Europe take more steps in that direction. And we want to see China take steps with us," she said. "There`s no doubt in anyone`s mind where the United States stands."

She said the "real trick" was to convince "the Europeans and the Arabs and the Chinese and the Indians and others" to do more.

"We`re going to sanction and we have been upping the sanctions. We`re going to continue to do so," she said. "But we want others to follow, because Syria was not one of our major economic partners."

Hillary added that an organised opposition was also needed to pressure Assad. She said the United States has been encouraging the opposition to unite.

"There are Syrian opposition figures outside of Syria and inside," she said. "But there`s no address for the opposition. There is no place that any of us who wish to assist can go."

Bureau Report

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