Published: Tue, September 06, 2016
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Obama, Putin, agree to continue seeking deal on Syria

But the most immediate issue was to defeat all terrorist groups in the region, the Russian leader said. The official described the talks during the 90-minute sit-down as constructive.

The G20 group will agree at their summit in China that refugees are a global issue and the burden must be shared, a senior European Union diplomat said today. "We haven't yet closed the gaps". Rice, one of the highest-ranking officials in US government, seemed less than amused when asked about it by a reporter.

Russian Federation will not countenance the rebels unseating President Bashar al-Assad, who also has the backing of Iran and Lebanese Shi'ite group Hezbollah.

Earlier, Obama had said that the two sides were working hard to reach a deal on a cessation of hostilities in Syria.

The deal depends on the two sides agreeing to closer militarily coordination against extremist groups operating in Syria, something the Russians have long sought and the USA resisted.

The summit was frequently overshadowed by other concerns and got off to a rocky start Saturday when there was no staircase at the airport for Obama to exit his plane.

The two-day meeting began Sunday on a diplomatic high note following a joint announcement by President Barack Obama and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, that their governments had submitted documents committing them to carrying out the Paris climate agreement. Security firms named Russian Federation as the suspect in a hack of USA political party groups including the Democratic National Committee. Putin has denied his government was involved, but cheered the release of the information.

The relationship between Obama and Putin has been strained in recent months over a number of issues such as cybersecurity. US President Barack Obama later talked with Russian President Vladimir Putin, but there was no immediate word on the outcome.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister Theresa May and leaders from Japan, South Korea, India and other governments also attended the summit.

Obama, now in the last five months of his presidency, is using the visit to put a final stamp on his signature policy shift toward the Pacific, setting the tone for his White House successor, who will be elected in November and take office on January 20.

US officials insist they will extradite Gulen if Turkey can present proof he was actually involved. Moscow has sometimes questioned whether USA -backed rebels really are moderate. His next stop is Laos, where he'll promote his effort to deepen ties to Southeast Asia. "Before the Paris climate conference in December 2015, New Delhi submitted a long-term plan to reduce its emissions, pledging to cut fossil fuel emissions intensity by up to 35 per cent by 2030, compared with the 2005 level", it said.

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