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Defeating ISIL only possible with change of Syrian leader says US President Barack Obama


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Defeating ISIL only possible with change of Syrian leader says US President Barack Obama

Countering ISIL and violent terrorism was the title of a gathering of world leaders chaired by US President Barack Obama.

It took place on the sidelines of the United Nations a day after Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin had addressed the UN General Assembly.

The future of Syrian President Basher al-Assad in the fight against the militant group is the main source of disagreement between Moscow and Washington.

“In Syria, as I said yesterday, defeating ISIL requires – I believe – a new leader, and an inclusive government that unites the Syrian people in the fight against terrorist groups. This is gonna be a complex process, and as I’ve said before, we are prepared to work with all countries including Russia and Iran to find a political mechanism in which it is possible to begin a transition process,” Obama told the summit.

Sixty nations have now joined the coalition against ISIL Obama told the gathering and said that the militant group would eventually lose because it has “nothing to offer but suffering and death”.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi agreed with the US president and said the coalition had to counter the militant group’s ideology.

Moscow, with no representatives present said the summit showed “a lack of respect towards the United Nations”.

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