Obama, Putin have 'candid, blunt' chat on Syria

"President Xi has emphasized many times that the common interests of China and the United States are far larger than their disputes", Obama said, adding that the two countries have made practical progress in areas including anti-terrorism, nonproliferation, anti-piracy and anti-tobacco.

That came just as Secretary of State John Kerry was trying to negotiate at least a partial truce with Syria's backer, Russia.

However, Mr Turnbull said Australia was committed to the destruction of Islamic State in the field and would be "unrelenting" in this effort. Currently, the dispute is not off the table, the president said.

US officials have said that as part of a deal, Russian Federation would have to halt offensives by Assad's government, something it has failed to do over months of diplomatic efforts.

After a 90-minute meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of Group of 20 summit, Obama said "we haven't yet closed the gaps" between the two sides.

"In exchange, Russian Federation would prevail on its ally, the regime of Bashar al-Assad, to stop bombing moderate rebel groups and civilians", David reported in July.

He then huddled with Putin to discuss a cease-fire in Syria - around the same time a series of coordinated explosions rocked government-held areas of the region. Is that possible considering there are such fundamental differences between the two sides? Syrian rebel groups have worked alongside al-Nusra Front, which is now known as Jabhat Fateh al-sham or the Syria Conquest Front.

Xi said China and the U.S. have carried out fruitful cooperation under the G20 framework, and they have maintained close coordination and communication with regard to the preparation of the G20 Leaders Summit, according to the ministry.

Kerry and senior aides have reiterated they do not want to make a tenuous deal for the sake of an announcement, but rather want Washington and Moscow to agree upon something realistic to achieve a sustainable nationwide cessation of hostilities in Syria.

Beyond Aleppo, Russia and the Assad government have continued to refuse to allow United Nations humanitarian aid convoys to enter more than a dozen besieged towns and cities held by various rebel forces.

"An very bad lot of technical things have been worked out, a lot of things are clear, but there still remain, as I say, "a couple of tough issues, Kerry told reporters".

"Against all odds we have a certain rapprochement and understanding of what we might do to ease tensions in Syria and achieve mutually acceptable solutions", TASS quoted Putin as saying.

Obama, on Sunday, also met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whose military has recently clashed with US -backed Kurdish fighters in Syria.

He also offered reassurances that Erdogan's Pennsylvania-based opponent Fethullah Gulen would be extradited if he did have hand in the coup plot. Erdogan blames Gulen for plotting the coup.

US failure to do so has allowed the Russians to claim they are targeting only terrorists of the Front for the Conquest of Syria - or Jabhat Fatah al-Sham, the al-Qaeda affiliate formerly known as Jabhat al-Nusra - and the Islamic State.

Despite intensive diplomatic efforts, the United States and Russian Federation have failed to reach an agreement to end violence in Syria due to an apparent lack of trust.

  • Jon Douglas