WASHINGTON (AP) — President Obama said on Tuesday that peace talks intended to end Syria's civil war are far from achieving their goal of halting violence and facilitating a political transition there.
Obama said the situation on the ground in Syria is horrendous and that the state of Syria is crumbling, which is bad for global security.
Obama also said there's enormous frustration, but that parties should not discount the fact that for the first time recently, Syria's government and opposition rebels sat in the same room together during peace talks.
Obama spoke at a joint news conference with French President Francois Hollande.
The United States and France have been working to end the war in Syria, a former French colony. But peace talks between the Syrian government and opposition forces have gained little traction.
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