President Obama speaks about the framework agreement on Iran's nuclear program during a statement in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington

Obama promises 'tough conversation' with Arab allies over security: NYT

President Obama speaks about the framework agreement on Iran's nuclear program during a statement in the Rose Garden of the White House in WashingtonPresident Barack Obama said he would have a “tough conversation” with America’s Gulf Arab allies in which he would promise strong U.S. support against external enemies but tell them they must address internal political challenges. In an interview with New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman published on Sunday, he said he would tell Gulf states they also needed to be more active in addressing regional crises. “I think when you look at what happens in Syria, for example, there’s been a great desire for the United States to get in there and do something,” he said in the interview, conducted on Saturday. “But the question is: Why is it that we can’t have Arabs fighting [against] the terrible human rights abuses that have been perpetrated, or fighting against what Assad has done?” he added, referring to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

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