Obama, Cameron discuss Syria in video conference



Washington: US President Barack Obama held a video conference with British Prime Minister David Cameroon during which the two leaders discussed a series of issues including Syria, the situation in the Middle East and Afghanistan, the White House has said.

"The two leaders expressed concern about the continuing violence in Syria," said the White House.

Obama President noted that the formation of the new Syrian Opposition Coalition marks an important step in preparing for a Syrian-led political transition, and reiterated the US' firm stance regarding the use or proliferation of chemical weapons, it said.

"The two leaders also discussed Afghanistan and our ongoing consultations with the Afghan Government, including negotiation of a US-Afghanistan Bilateral Security Agreement," the White House said.

Obama and Cameron agreed on the need to find a way forward on Middle East peace that stops the cycle of counterproductive unilateral actions by the Israelis and Palestinians, and brings the parties back to the negotiating table.

"On Iran, the two leaders agreed on the need to continue implementing sanctions, which are having an important effect, while pursuing diplomatic engagement to resolve the international community's concerns about Iran's nuclear program," the White House said.

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