Obama, Cameron pledge 'to tighten the noose' on Assad regime
In a joint Washington Post op-ed, U.S. President Obama and U.K. Prime Minister Cameron reiterate condemnation of violence in Syria.
U.S. President Barack Obama and U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron said in a joint op-ed published on Tuesday that they will continue to "tighten the noose around Bashar Assad and his cohorts" to bring an end to the violence in Syria.
In the article "An alliance the world can count on," published in the Washington Post as Cameron was heading for a three-day visit to the U.S., the two leaders reiterated their condemnation of the Assad regime's violent crackdown.
"We condemn the Syrian regime’s horrific violence against innocent civilians," they said.
Cameron's visit, ahead of a NATO summit in Chicago in May, is set to focus on foreign policy challenges, and will seek to pin down the details of the planned withdrawal of international forces from Afghanistan by the end of 2014.
As the Assad's regime continued its assault on northern and central Syria on Tuesday, the Barack and Cameron pledged to focus " on the urgent humanitarian task of getting food and medicine to those in need."
"With our international partners, we’ll continue to tighten the noose around Bashar al-Assad and his cohorts, and we’ll work with the opposition and the United Nations-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan to plan for the transition that will follow Assad’s departure from power," they added.
Kofi Annan visited Syria over the weekend for a peacemaking mission, but the effort faltered, with both the Syrian government and the opposition refusing to talk to one another.
"As two nations that support the human rights and dignity of all people, we continue to stand with those brave citizens across the Middle East and North Africa who are demanding their universal rights," the two leaders said.
The two leaders, who last held talks in person at the United Nations in September