President Obama will call on Thursday for the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, to step down, and will issue a new executive order providing for additional sanctions, an official said. It will be the first time the United States has explicitly called for Mr. Assad’s departure from power.
The actions come in response to the deadly crackdown Syrian forces have been waging against pro-democracy protesters across the country.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is scheduled to speak at 10 a.m. Eastern time about the sanctions, which the official said would be much sterner than previous measures. “We believe that this tough action will lend additional force to the president’s words,” the official said.
Thursday, August 18, 2011
President Obama to call for the removal of Syria's leader
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