President Barack Obama today accused his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad of seeking Iranian aid in the brutal crackdown of his own people. Syrian security forces today killed over 70 protesters.
"Instead of listening to their own people, President Assad is blaming outsiders while seeking Iranian assistance in repressing Syria's citizens through the same brutal tactics that have been used by his Iranian allies," Obama said. "We call on President Assad to change course now, and heed the calls of his own people," the president added. [AFP, 22 April].