Obama 'Not Optimistic' about Syria's Immediate Future

تم نشره في Mon 21 November / Nov 2016. 01:00 AM
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WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama said he was "not optimistic" about Syria's immediate future as the regime and its Russian backers launch a sustained bombardment of civilians in Aleppo.

"I am not optimistic about the short term prospects in Syria," Obama said at a press conference in Peru, warning Syria's second city was likely to fall.

"Once Russia and Iran made a decision to back Al-Assad regime in a brutal air campaign, it was very hard to see a way in which even a trained and committed moderate opposition could hold its ground for long periods of time," he explained.

Obama, a Democrat who will be succeeded on Jan. 20 by Republican President-elect Donald Trump, said he told Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Lima that he was deeply concerned about the bloodshed in Syria and that a ceasefire was needed.