Barack Obama arrives to speak at the Jerusalem Convention Center in Jerusalem, on March 21, 2013
Barack Obama arrives to speak at the Jerusalem Convention Center in Jerusalem. The US president used the major speech in Israel to issue a new call on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down so his country's "future can begin." © Saul Loeb - AFP
Barack Obama arrives to speak at the Jerusalem Convention Center in Jerusalem, on March 21, 2013
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Last updated: March 21, 2013

Obama says Assad must go so Syria's future can begin

US President Barack Obama used a major speech in Israel on Thursday to issue a new call on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down so his country's "future can begin."

"America will also insist that the Syrian people have the right to be freed from the grip of a dictator who would rather kill his own people than relinquish power," Obama said in Jerusalem.

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