Washington: Seeking a regime change in Syria, President Barack Obama on Friday ruled out any unilateral American action against the Assad regime. (Agencies)
"This is an international problem. It is very much my hope to continue to work with all the various parties involved to find a solution that brings peace to Syria, stabilizes the region, stabilizes those chemical weapons," Obama said in a joint news conference with visiting Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
"But it's not going to be something that the United States does by itself. I don't think anybody in the region, including the Prime Minister, would think that US unilateral actions in and of themselves would bring about a better outcome inside of Syria," Obama
Obama said the US and the international community need to continue to strengthen the capacity of the Syrian opposition.
He also expressed hope that the United States and Russia would succeed in arranging an international peace conference on Syria next month.
"With respect to what I've said in the past around red lines - what I've said is that the use of chemical weapons are something that the civilized world has recognized should be out of bounds," he said.
"And as we gather more evidence and work together, my intention is to make sure that we're presenting everything that we know to the international community as an additional reason, an additional mechanism, for the international community to put all the pressure that they can on the Assad regime, and to work with the opposition to bring about that political transition," Obama said.
"Our goal is to see the tyranny, the dictatorship go away in Syria and to be replaced with democracy. And I think this is a collective responsibility on the part of all countries that believe in democracy. And this is what we will all continue to do," said Erdogan, who has backed rebels against the Syrian regime.
Washington: Seeking a regime change in Syria, President Barack Obama on Friday ruled out any unilateral American action against the Assad regime.