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Biden says US, allies helping to boost Syria opposition
February 02, 2013 , 3 : 38 pm GST
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A Free Syrian Army fighter walks in front of a building destroyed during clashes in the Haresta neighbourhood of Damascus February 1, 2013. Reuters
: US Vice President Joe Biden said Saturday the US and its partners were pushing to help strengthen the Syrian opposition, insisting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was a "tyrant" and must go.
Biden was speaking on the second day of security talks in the German city of Munich, where he is later due to hold talks on Syria with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Syrian opposition chief Moaz al-Khatib.
The US has provided "more than $50 million in non-lethal assistance to the Syrian opposition and are working alongside our partners to help them become more inclusive and cohesive," he said.
But he referred to recent comments by US President Barack Obama, saying, "We are under no allusions, the days ahead will continue to be very difficult but the opposition continues to grow stronger".
"President Obama and I, and nearly all of our partners and allies, are convinced that President Assad, a tyrant, hellbent on clinging to power, is no longer fit to lead the Syrian people and he must go," Biden said.
"We can all agree... on the increasingly desperate plight of the Syrian people and the responsibility of the international community to address that plight," he added.
He said it was "no secret" that Russia and the United States have "serious differences" on issues such as Syria.
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February 03 at 12 : 26 pm
The United States is the number one hypocritical terrorist... The current state of chaos in Syria has all the time been funded by the NATO pack of bandits. Its all about the deranged Zionist entity wanting regime change in Syria and Israels controlers, the House of Rothschild that also owns the US Federal Reserve and the European central bank, wanting to bring down Syria because along with Iran, they have not been willing to surrender their financial sovereignty to the House of Rothschild. We an obly hopr that Russia and Iran stand firm defending Syria against the NATO pack of terrorist bandits.
February 03 at 4 : 14 am
What is the definition of "tyrant"? Would not the House of Saud fit any reasonable definition of "tyrant"? This is clearly the most simple smear without foundation to try to justify yet more violence instead of civilized discussion and diplomacy. When people like Biden cheapen words for political ends it just reflects on him. In any case, the USA is now the rogue nation of the world, causing endless pain and grief and certainly not promoting "democracy" (which I dont think actually exists in the USA even!).
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