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US to hold Syria talks with allies, UN

US to hold Syria talks with allies, UN
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Serious efforts on to end bloody turmoilA Obama would kick off his series of meetings at the White House with the UN Secretary General, Ban...

Serious efforts on to end bloody turmoilA Obama would kick off his series of meetings at the White House with the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, on April 12. This would be followed by his meeting with the UAE Crown Prince on April 16, the Qatar Amir on April 23, the King of Jordan on April 26 and the Turkish Prime Minister on May 16. obamaWashington (PTI): The US President Barack Obama will host leaders from its allies Jordan, Turkey, Qatar and UAE, and the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in the coming weeks, amid ongoing turmoil in Syria, White House has said. Announcements for these series of meetings came from the White House as the Secretary of State, John Kerry, was preparing to leave for yet another trip to the region - his third in less than a month. Obama would kick off his series of meetings at the White House with the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, on April 12. This would be followed by his meeting with the UAE Crown Prince on April 16, the Qatar Amir on April 23, the King of Jordan on April 26 and the Turkish Prime Minister on May 16. "The President looks forward to welcoming the Secretary General back to the White House and consulting with him on key issues, including the crisis in Syria, and expressing his gratitude for the many sacrifices United Nations personnel have made to protect vulnerable populations and to deliver aid to those most in need," the White House Press Secretary, Jay Carney, said in a statement. Earlier in the day, Carney said that Obama has invited leaders of four Middle East countries to the White House in next few weeks. "The president looks forward to welcoming his counterparts from the UAE, from Qatar, Jordan and Turkey to Washington over the next several weeks," the White House Press Secretary, Jay Carney, told reporters at his daily news conference. "As you know, President Obama has very close relationships with these leaders, and he has a deep personal interest in the region as you saw during his recent trip. He will use these opportunities to discuss the complex developments in the broader Middle East, so not just Syria, but including Syria," he said.
Four Italian journos abducted in Syria
Rome (AFP): Four Italian journalists have been abducted in northern Syria, the Italian foreign ministry said. The authorities said they were monitoring the case from the start but called for "maximum discretion", insisting that "the physical safety of hostages remains absolute priority," it said. The La Repubblica website said the abducted were three freelance journalists and one reporter working for the Italian public broadcaster RAI. The the journalists were kidnapped "by a rebel group" while out filming.
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