Obama hopes Russia talks will 'bear fruit'

President Obama said Friday that he hopes that talks between Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will "bear fruit" with a "verifiable and enforceable" agreement for Syria to turn over its chemical weapons.

Appearing in the Oval Office with the Amir of Kuwait, Obama said that the pair had discussed the situation in Syria and agreed that what "we saw in Syria was a criminal act."

"I shared with the Amir my hope that the negotiations that are currently taking place between Secretary of State Kerry and Foreign Minister Lavrov in Geneva bear fruit," Obama said.

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"But I repeated what I've said publicly, which is that any agreement needs to be verifiable and enforceable. And we agreed that, ultimately, what's needed for the underlying conflict is a political settlement that allows ordinary Syrians to get back to their homes, to rebuild, and to relieve the enormous suffering that’s taking place."

Obama thanked the Kuwaiti leader for his country's humanitarian support of those who had fled Syria.

Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah said he pressed Obama on the detention to two Kuwaiti prisoners at Guantanamo Bay.

He told reporters he "asked President Obama to speed up the process of releasing them in line with the president's commitment of closing down Guantanamo, and also in line with the assurances given by the Kuwaiti authorities."