January 17, 2012 / 8:32 PM / 6 years ago

Obama: Syria violence unacceptable, government must leave

Demonstrators protest against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Yabroud January 13, 2012.Handout

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Tuesday condemned as "unacceptable" Syria's continuing crackdown on protesters and repeated his call for President Bashar al-Assad's government to leave power.

"We're continuing to see unacceptable levels of violence inside that country, and so we will continue to consult very closely with Jordan to create the kind of international pressure and environment that encourages the current Syrian regime to step aside," Obama said after White House talks with Jordan's King Abdullah.

Reporting by David Alexander

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