NATO Summit: Saturday Live Coverage from McCormick Place

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Saturday from the NATO press center.

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Posted: Saturday, May 19, 2012 

Obama Briefs Media on G8's Day 2 Discussions

Economic issues, energy markets and development in the Mideast as well as North Africa are being discussed on the second day of the G8 summit.

President Barack Obama outlined the day’s agenda to members of the press Saturday morning while seated with the representatives of other G8 nations.

“All of us are absolutely committed to making sure that both growth and stability, and fiscal consolidation are part of an overall package,” Obama said.

In particular, economic development in Afghanistan will be addressed. With the expected withdrawal of military forces by 2014, Obama stated the need for a sustainable economic plan for the country.

Obama also gave an overview of the previous day’s discussion, part of which centered around Iran’s nuclear program.

“All of us are firmly committed to continue with the approach of sanctions and pressure in combination with diplomatic discussions,” he said.

In order to reach a peaceful solution, there will be particular care not to infringe upon Iran’s sovereignty, Obama said.

Other topics included the conflict in Syria, the desire for North Korea to re-enter the international community and stop provocative actions, political transformation in Burma, as well as women’s empowerment in economics.

“So far this has been a frank and useful conversation and it gives me great optimism about our ability to meet these challenges in the future,” said Obama. – AnnCatherine Brady 

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