The divide at the summit was symbolized by a separate statement issued by eleven G20 states that called for a ‘strong international response’ to a chemical weapons attack they said was clearly carried out by the Bashar al-Assad regime. (Agencies)
"The evidence clearly points to the Syrian government being responsible for the attack, which is a part of a pattern of chemical weapons use by the regime," said the statement which was supported by states like Britain, France, United States and Saudi Arabia.
"We call for a strong international response to this grave violation of the world's rules and conscience which will send a clear message that this kind of atrocity can never be repeated," the statement released by the White House said.
Earlier on Friday, Putin met Obama on the sidelines of the G20 summit and held talks on Syria. Putin said that 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.
Obama said that the world cannot ‘stand idly’ by on Syria and announced he would address the nation over the crisis on Tuesday. He described his talks with Putin as ‘candid and constructive.’
The US government accuses 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 on Thursday night, where their differences in opinion became obvious. On the final day of their talks, these divisions were even more entrenched.
Putin hosted the dinner that ran on into the early hours of Friday morning but failed to win a breakthrough on how to halt the imminent conflict in Syria.
The Syrian issue dominated the dinner meeting during which Prime Minister Manmohan Singh made an intervention and said that India is opposed to any unilateral military action against Syria without UN authorization.
Planning Commission Deputy Chairperson Montek Singh Ahluwalia said that it was the Prime Minister's view that the world community should wait for the report of the UN inspectors on the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria.
The divide at the summit was symbolized by a separate statement issued by eleven G20 states that called for a ‘strong international response’ to a chemical weapons attack they said was clearly carried out by the Bashar al-Assad regime.