Obama calls progress in Syria conflict negotiations 'remarkable'

Obama calls progress in Syria conflict negotiations 'remarkable'

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President Barack Obama, flanked by House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, left, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., speaks to media in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, before a meeting with members of Congress to discuss the situation in Syria. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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Posted on September 15, 2013 at 5:46 PM

President Obama says the U.S. has come a long way in its negotiations over the conflict in Syria.

He spoke Sunday morning on ABC's "This Week" about a deal with Russia to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons stockpile.

"As a consequence of the pressure we have applied over the last couple of weeks, we have Syria, for the first time, acknowledging that it has chemical weapons, agreeing to join the convention that prohibits the use of chemical weapons, and the Russians, their primary sponsor,  saying they will push Syria to get all their chemical weapons out," Obama said. "The distance we have traveled over these couple of weeks is remarkable."

Secretary of State John Kerry met with the foreign minister of Russia to work out what he calls a "framework" for the elimination of Syria's chemical weapons.

The deal calls for Syria to submit a comprehensive list of its chemical weapons stockpile within one week and for international inspectors to be on the ground no later than November.

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