US President Barack Obama discussed Syria with Russian official

imgU.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday discussed with visiting Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolay Patrushev the need for a negotiated settlement of the protracted conflict in Syria.

Dropping by a White House meeting between Patrushev and Thomas Donilon, his national security advisor, Obama discussed the need for a negotiated political settlement in Syria as well as the importance of deepening counterterrorism cooperation between the United States and Russia, the National Security Council of the White House said in a statement.

Washington and Moscow are working toward a peace conference in Geneva aiming to end the violence in Syria.

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