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Emir of Kuwait to visit Obama to discuss Middle East

The emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah, is due to visit President Obama in Washington on September 13 to discuss Middle Eastern issues, the White House said.

A statement said: "The President looks forward to discussing with the emir a wide range of critical interests and important developments in the Gulf region and broader Middle East."

The visit comes as Mr Obama seeks to gain Congressional support for punitive strikes against Syria in the wake of a chemical attack.

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Extraordinary and dangerous demotion of UN role

by - Former International Editor
David Cameron and Barack Obama say that Syria policy cannot be left to the UN. Credit: Stefan Roussseau/PA Wire

There is an extraordinary and dangerous demotion of the role of the United Nations as David Cameron and Barack Obama say that Syria policy cannot be left to the UN.

Read more: 11 G20 leaders say the UN is 'paralysed' over Syria

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11 G20 leaders: 'UN remains paralysed over Syria'

Leaders and representatives of 11 of the G20 leaders - Australia, Canada, France, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the US - have made the following joint statement on Syria:

Signatories have consistently supported a strong UN Security Council Resolution, given the Security Council's responsibilities to lead the international response, but recognize that the Council remains paralysed as it has been for two and a half years.

The world cannot wait for endless failed processes that can only lead to increased suffering in Syria and regional instability.

We support efforts undertaken by the United States and other countries to reinforce the prohibition on the use of chemical weapons.

We commit to supporting longer term international efforts, including through the United Nations, to address the enduring security challenge posed by Syria’s chemical weapons stockpiles.

Russia was notably absent from the list of leaders.

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