Obama Cautious on Whether Syria Cease-Fire Will Lead to Peace

66B74278-4120-49A3-8E20-681694DF9D5E_w640_r1_s(VOA NEWS) – President Barack Obama sounded a cautious note Wednesday on whether the impending cease-fire in Syria would lead to peace talks to end the country’s five-year civil war.

“We are very cautious about raising expectations on this; the situation on the ground is difficult,” Obama said after meeting at the White House with Jordan’s King Abdullah II.

But the American leader added, “If over the next several weeks we can see some lessening of the violence that’s been wracking that country, then that provides us a basis to build a longer-term cease-fire.”

He said the warring parties fighting for control of Syria might eventually be able to “move forward on the political transition that ultimately is going to be necessary to bring an end to the civil war in Syria.” READ MORE OF THIS STORY

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