Obama hopes Kerry talks 'bear fruit' on Syria

By Darlene Superville

Associated Press

Published: Friday, Sept. 13 2013 1:39 p.m. MDT

President Barack Obama talks with the Kuwait Amir Sheik Sabah Al Ahmed Al Sabah during their meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Friday, Sept. 13, 2013. The visit by Sheik Sabah Al Ahmed Al Sabah comes as Obama and top aides are lobbying skeptical lawmakers to support using military force against Syria for a deadly chemical weapons attack the U.S. says was carried out by Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Associated Press

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama says he's hopeful negotiations Secretary of State John Kerry is having over the future of Syria's chemical weapons "bear fruit."

The president said during an Oval Office meeting with Kuwait's ruler Friday that they agree Syrian President Bashar Assad's government used chemical weapons in a criminal act.

Obama told reporters it's important for the international community to respond and get those weapons out of Syria.

He said he told Kuwaiti Sheik Sabah Al Ahmed Al Sabah he is hopeful for progress during talks this week between Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. He said any agreement to remove Syria's chemical weapons stockpile "needs to be verifiable and enforceable."

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