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Obama and David Cameron talk Syria

The UK prime minister pressed President Obama to convene emergency session of UN Security Council, Britain's The Daily Telegraph reported Saturday.
/ Source: MSNBC TV

The UK prime minister pressed President Obama to convene emergency session of UN Security Council, Britain's The Daily Telegraph reported Saturday.

An activist wearing a gas mask is seen in Zamalka area, where activists say chemical weapons have been used by forces loyal to President Bashar Al-Assad in the eastern suburbs of Damascus August 22, 2013. (Photo by Bassam Khabieh/Reuters)

President Obama Saturday spoke with the UK Prime Minister David Cameron about Syria and security challenges.

Cameron told Obama that the UN should convene an emergency session of the Security Council to give Syrian President Bashar al-Assad an opportunity to disarm,

The tete-a-tete came as four American destroyers carrying Tomahawk missiles moved closer to Syria Saturday night, according to the Telegraph.

White House officials did not confirm specifics of what the two leaders discussed, but did say that the reported use of chemical weapons against civilians by the al-Assad regime was of grave concern.

Last week, UN inspectors arrived in Syria to conduct an investigation into the alleged use of chemical weapons, which Obama had called a “red line” for the U.S. Reports of the August 21 attacks estimate that hundreds, mostly women and children, were killed outside of Damascus.

Earlier Saturday, President Obama had met with his national security advisers to discuss the American response to the ongoing war in Syria.