AMMAN, March 22 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama said the United States will train the Syrian opposition and provide it with capacities to make a viable political opposition.
At a press conference in Amman along with King Abdullah II of Jordan, Obama said Washington will help strengthen the Syrian opposition, adding in the absence of a viable credible opposition it will be hard to address the situation in Syria.
"We will provide resources, training and capacity for the Syrian opposition to maintain links and provide services to people, " said Obama.
Warning against the use of chemical weapons by the administration of Syrian President Bashar Al Assad, he said: "The use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime will be a game changer. "
Obama also reiterated his call on Assad to step down.
"Assad needs to go, I am confident that Assad will go. The question is not if (he will leave), but when?" said the U.S. president in Jordan, the last leg of his Mid-east tour.
For his part, the Jordanian leader reviewed challenges Jordan is facing. He said that there are over 460,000 Syrian refugees in Jordan, accounting for 10 percent of the country's population.
Syrian refugees costs Jordan around 550 million U.S. dollars annually, and the figure is expected to double as the number of refugees is expected to reach a million by the end of the year, according to the king.
Obama said his country will provide Jordan with 200 million dollars as additional assistance this year to support the state budget of the country.
"Jordan is an invaluable element and a great friend that we will continue to support and work with," Obama told reporters.