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May 1, 2017

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Hu and Obama discuss Syria efforts on sidelines of G-20 talks

LOS CABOS, Mexico--U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday lobbied President Hu Jintao of China, a veto-wielding permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, on efforts to end the bloodshed in Syria.

China and Russia have frustrated the United States by blocking stronger U.N. sanctions and action against President Bashar al-Assad, and Obama has partly used the G-20 summit in Mexico to push for a change in attitude.

Obama told reporters at the start of the talks in the Mexican resort of Los Cabos that he wanted to discuss with Hu ways "that can end the bloodshed and arrive at the kind of legitimate government that I think we all hope for."

On Monday, the U.S. leader had spent a third of a two-hour meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin dealing with Syria, and the leaders agreed a political transition is needed in the country but failed to come up with an immediate plan.

Both Russia and China said earlier this month that they would coordinate in backing the peace plan for Syria framed by U.N. envoy Kofi Annan, despite its failure to halt a brutal crackdown on opposition forces and civilians.

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