Obama meets U.S. ambassador to Syria

10:03, August 02, 2011      

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U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday met with U.S. Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford, using the chance to reiterate his condemnation on the Syrian government, said the White House in a statement.

In the statement, the White House said that Obama took the opportunity to "consult with" American Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford, who is in Washington D.C. for meetings with the U.S. senators and senior officials.

During the meeting, Obama reiterated his "strong condemnation of the Syrian regime's outrageous use of violence against its own people," said the White House.

Obama also reaffirmed America's support for "the courageous Syrian people, and their demands for universal rights and a democratic transition," said the White House.

A total of 79 Syrians were said to have been killed in clashes with Syrian security forces on Sunday. On the same day, Obama vowed that the U.S. will continue to increase pressure on Syria to isolate the government led by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

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