Starting next Monday, President Obama will hold a 3-day meeting with Prime Minister David Cameron of Britain and other members of the G8 to discuss the economy and the escalating problems in Syria.
Cameron is scheduled to travel to Russia prior to visiting the U.S. and will meet with President Vladimir Putin to discuss the conflict in Syria as well.
Cameron told members of parliament that it was time to start negotiating to force the transition of political power to help bring to an end the conflict in Syria.
The concern for both Obama and Cameron is the growing evidence by a small group that is more and more persuasive showing that the government of President Bashar al-Assad has already used and is continuing to use chemical weapons.
Both the regime and the rebels have accused one another of using Sarin and other chemical weapons.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said last month that the U.S. would increase its aid to the rebel forces inside Syria, but both the U.S. and members of the European Union have refused thus far to supply weapons to the rebel forces.
By lifting an embargo against the opposition group for arms, Cameron said it would help strengthen the opposition to the regime and would increase the pressure on al-Assad to enter into negotiations on a solution.
Obama spoke on Wednesday to Benjamin Netanyahu the Prime Minister of Israel following Israel’s latest air raid in Syria. The two discussed security issues in the region and peace for the Middle East.
The White House has not discussed specifics about the Israel air raids, but Obama said on Saturday following the first raid that Israel had the right to protect itself against the transfer of weapons to terrorist organizations such as Hezbollah.