On Saturday, during a meeting with G-8 members at Camp David, President Barack Obama said that the nuclear weapons program in Iran was a grave concern for the U.S. leaders as well as other leaders around the world. However, he said the U.S. remained hopeful, ahead of negotiations that start next week.
Obama reaffirmed, in the second day of G-8 meetings that the leaders of the richest eight countries in the world were committed to the tough economic sanctions against Iran until the country gives up its program of nuclear weapons. The U.S., Britain, Germany, France, China and Russia will meet in Baghdad next Wednesday with leaders from Iran for the next round of talks to try to find a resolution. The meetings come following ones held in April in Istanbul with U.S. negotiators calling the first talks useful and constructive.
The G-8 leaders met for a working dinner Friday night at Camp David and were all concerned over the ongoing violence in the Middle East nation of Syria. Government forces in Syria have engaged for 15 months in a violent crackdown on those opposed to their regime.
The U.S. plus its allies is still committed to the peace plan by the U.N. that Kofi Annan the former secretary general forged. Close to 66% of the 300 U.N. military monitors who are unarmed have arrived in the country, with the rest arriving before the month is over.
Obama and the other member states of the G-8 said, they were encouraged by the recent political transformations that have taken place in Myanmar, also known as Burma. The U.S. eased trade restrictions and last week named an ambassador to the nation for the first time since the 1990s.