Obama and Putin discuss Syria on sidelines of G20 summit

Published: Sunday 15th November 2015 by The News Editor

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Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin have held an informal meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit.

The two leaders chatted in a foursome with the US president’s national security adviser Susan Rice and an aide to the Russian leader.

Their meeting was visible on a television feed provided by the summit’s host country of Turkey, but their conversation could not be heard. The meeting took place during a working lunch for leaders attending the summit.

The White House said the 35-minute meeting centred on talks to end Syria’s civil war and that the two leaders agreed that the country needs a political transition led by Syrians.

The transition would be preceded by negotiations mediated by the United Nations and a ceasefire.

The White House said the two leaders also discussed the conflict in Ukraine and that Mr Obama expressed condolences for the victims in the Russian plane crash last month in the Sinai Peninsula.

Both men leaned in close to each other as they talked, with Mr Obama gesturing expressively with his hands.

Published: Sunday 15th November 2015 by The News Editor

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