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Middle East: Obama, Putin clash over role for Assad in Syria

US President Barack Obama and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin both called for cooperation on to bringing an end to the war in Syria, but clashed over whether any peace plan should include support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Addressing the annual United Nations General Assembly in New York, Obama said the US would be willing to work with both Russia and Iran to find a solution to the bloodshed that has ravaged Syria since civil war broke out more than four years ago.

“The United States is prepared to work with any nation, including Russia and Iran, to resolve the conflict,” Obama said.

However, he added: “But we must recognise that there cannot be, after so much bloodshed, so much carnage, a return to the pre-war status quo.”

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