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Obama, Putin to discuss Syria plan

world Updated: Jun 17, 2012 23:34 IST

US President Barack Obama would meet his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Mexico on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit next week, the White House said Sunday, adding both the leaders would discuss among others their disagreement on Syria.

“We have had a very substantial difference with Russia on the issue of Syria. And essentially our view for some time now has been that Bashar al-Assad has no legitimacy to lead that country anymore.

“He’s lost that legitimacy by the actions he's taken, the violence he's committed against his own people. And therefore he needs to step down from power,” Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes told reporters.