U.S. President Obama and new Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met for the first time on Thursday and discussed the importance of the U.S.-led campaign against Islamic State, although Trudeau vowed to stick to a promise to withdraw six Canadian jets. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) New Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau held his first formal meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday (November 19) in Manila, as the two men tried to repair relations that have become frayed over the last decade. During the meeting, U.S. President Barack Obama said it may take some months for Russia, Iran and the Syrian ruling elite to accept that there can be no end to Syria's civil war or a political settlement while President Bashar al-Assad remains in power. Obama said that Moscow and Tehran recognized Islamic State as a "serious threat" but Russia's efforts in Syria were aimed at propping up Assad. Russia began air strikes in Syria at the end of September. It has always said its main target is Islamic State militants, but most of its bombs in the past hit territory held by other groups opposed to its ally Assad. Islamic State claimed responsibility for last week's killing spree by bombers and gunmen in Paris and for the bombing of a Russian airliner over Egypt last month. Obama added that if he could get all the parties talking on the issue, "that could create space for that pivot". Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaking on November 19 after his first formal meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama, said he had reassured the president that Canada was committed to the U.S.-led campaign against the militants, but added that he would stick to his promise to withdraw six jets that have been attacking Islamic State positions in Iraq and Syria. The two men met on the margins of the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Manila.