US urges Assad to step down despite Arab League plan

WASHINGTON - The White House on Wednesday reiterated its call for Syrian President Bashar Assad to step down, despite an Arab League announcement that Damascus had accepted its plan aimed at ending a violent crackdown on protesters.
"Our position remains that President Assad has lost his legitimacy to rule and should step down," White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters. "We support all international efforts that are aimed toward convincing the regime to stop attacking its own people."
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