Obama: Encouraged by Syria talks with leaders

President Barack Obama says he

A car drives past the Constantine Palace, which will be the venue for a G20 meeting, in St. Petersburg, Russia on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013. U.S. President Barack Obama will seek to bolster international support for a strike against Syria during talks with world leaders this week at the Group of 20 summit. Those efforts will pit him against Russian president and summit host Vladimir Putin, who has perhaps done the most to stymie international efforts to oust Syria's Bashar Assad. The G20 summit will run from Sept. 5-6. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — President Barack Obama says he's encouraged by the discussions he's had with world leaders about the situation in Syria.

He says there is a growing recognition that the world "cannot stand idly by" after a deadly chemical weapons attack he says was carried out by the regime in Syria.

Obama says leaders from Europe, Asia and the Middle East agree with him that international norms against the use of chemical weapons must be upheld.

Obama spoke at a news conference Friday in St. Petersburg, Russia, at the close of an international economic summit.
Associated Press
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