“But we are going to continue to make the argument. We are going to continue to try to find humanitarian steps that can reach the people there. We are going to continue to try to obtain cessations of hostilities that lessen the human tragedy,” Obama added.
He also criticized Russia’s support of Bashar Al-Assad’s regime, saying they used “barbarous tactics” to fight the Syrian opposition.
“You cannot purchase people’s consent by killing them,” he said.
Assad has called Trump a “natural ally” in the fight against terrorism.
Anas Abdah, President of the Syrian Coalition, urged the new U.S. administration to take action in Syria to end the conflict and the devastating bombing campaign that Assad and Russia have conducted against civilians in Aleppo and elsewhere in Syria.
Mr. Abdah called on Trump to undertake a balanced approach regarding the Syrian conflict and emphasized the need to condemn foreign intervention in Syria’s internal conflicts.
He also called for the international community to hold all war criminals accountable for their actions through legal means at the national and international level.
General Coordinator of the Syrian opposition’s High Negotiations Committee Riad Hijab also called for an increase in pressure on the Assad regime and its allies to stop the attacks on Aleppo, Homs and Idlibl.
He noted that Iran and Russia have profited from the diplomatic void created by the cessation of U.S.-Russian negotiations to resolve the conflict by military means.
“We asked our friends in the UN Security Council and European Union to exercise pressure on the Russians and the Iranians to commit to a cease-fire,” Hijab noted.