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Obama Hopeful Syria Talks Will ‘Bear Fruit’

President Obama said today he hopes negotiations between Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on how to neutralize Syria’s chemical weapons stockpiles will “bear fruit,” but reiterated that any agreement must be “verifiable and enforceable.”

Speaking at the end of an Oval Office meeting with the emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah, Obama said both leaders agreed the use of chemical weapons in Syria on Aug. 21 was a “criminal act” and that it’s “absolutely important for the international community to respond in deterring the use of chemical weapons and getting those weapons out of Syria.”

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