G20 leaders fail to reach consensus on Syria issue

Published: 06th September 2013 08:08 PM  |   Last Updated: 06th September 2013 08:47 PM   |  A+A-


The G20 summit has failed to heal the rift over US plans for military action against the embattled Syrian regime, as world leaders on Friday could not reach a consensus on the deeply divisive issue.

Russian President Vladimir Putin met US President Barack Obama on the sidelines of the G20 summit and held talks on Syria. Putin later said the meeting did not end their differences on the conflict.

"We spoke sitting down... it was a constructive, meaningful, cordial conversation. Each of us kept with our own opinion," Putin told reporters.

Putin's chief foreign policy aide Yury Ushakov said that the "contradictions remained" after the talks that lasted for nearly half an hour.

The US government accuses Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces of killing 1,429 people in a poison-gas attack in the suburbs of Damascus on August 21, a charge denied by the Syrian government.

Obama discussed the deepening crisis in Syria with other G20 delegates at a lengthy working dinner last night where their differences in opinion became obvious. On the final day of their talks these divisions were even more entrenched.

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