US keen on Syria diplomacy
WASHINGTON-ReutersPresident Barack Obama remains committed to diplomatic efforts to end the violence in Syria, the White House said yesterday, despite calls from a leading Republican senator for military action against the government of President Bashar al-Assad.
“Currently the administration is focused on diplomatic and political approaches rather than a military intervention,” said Tommy Vietor, a White House spokesman. “Our best chance to do that and to usher in a political transition is to continue to isolate the regime, cut off key revenue streams, and push the opposition to unite itself under a clear transition plan that makes space for Syrians of all creeds and ethnicities,” he said.
On March 5, Senator John McCain said the U.S. should lead an international effort to protect Syrian cities and towns through air strikes on Syrian government forces.