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Obama with Indian Prime Minister after Bilateral Meeting
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
September 27, 2013
REMARKS BY PRESIDENT OBAMA
AND PRIME MINISTER SINGH OF INDIA
AFTER BILATERAL MEETING
THE PRESIDENT
: Well, I've asked for Prime Minister Singh's indulgence to begin my remarks on the issue of Syria. As
many of you are now aware, yesterday the United States and Russia were able to hammer out an agreement, partnering
with the other members of the P5 and the Security Council, around Syria eliminating its chemical weapons and
ultimately having them destroyed by the international community.
This is something that we have long sought. And the fact that we now have a framework that will be voted on, perhaps
as soon as today, perhaps over the weekend or Monday, that would be legally binding, that would be verifiable and
enforceable, where there will be consequences for Syria's failure to meet what has been set forth in this resolution, I
think is a potentially huge victory for the international community.
Realistically, it's doubtful that we would have arrived at this point had it not been for a credible threat of U.S. action in
the aftermath of the horrific tragedy that took place on August 21st, where chemical weapons killed over 1,000 people,
including more than 400 children. But I've always expressed a preference for resolving this diplomatically, and I
appreciate all our international partners in working very hard over the past several days to make sure that we could
arrive at a resolution that not only deters and prevents additional chemical use, but actually goes beyond what could
have been accomplished through any military action, and that is the removal of chemical weapons -- one of the largest
stockpiles in the world -- from Syria so that they can actually be destroyed.