Barack Obama ‘not optimistic’ about future of Syria
US President Barack Obama is not optimistic about the future of Syria and expressed his concern over Syria.
Obama said the chaos could go on for “quite some time” as the UN warned time was running out to avoid a humanitarian catastrophe in the city of Aleppo which has been pummelled by air strikes for nearly a week.
He alerted that Syria’s second city is about to fall and that Russian and Iranian backing for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had made the situation untenable for the opposition.
“I am not optimistic about the short-term prospects in Syria,” he said at a summit of Pacific leaders in Lima, Peru.
Earlier Obama met Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum and urged greater efforts to end violence.
“Once Russia and Iran made a decision to back Assad and a brutal air campaign and essentially a pacification of Aleppo regardless of civilian casualties, children being killed or wounded, schools or hospitals being destroyed, 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 said.
On the other ground in Syria, 115 civilians got killed while government forces launched an assault last Tuesday to recapture eastern Aleppo.