Saudi Arabia 'fully supports' United States military strikes in Syria, Iran condemns

Frederick Owens
April 18, 2017

In remarks from his Mar-a-Lago resort in West Palm Beach, Florida, President Donald Trump explained his decision to launch a military strike against a Syrian air base Thursday night, expressing disgust at the "very barbaric attack" by Syria.

"There's not any sort of option where a political solution is going to happen with Assad at the head of the regime", Haley told CNN in an interview airing on Sunday. "But neither regime change nor a full-on, unauthorized war against Syria is what we should be doing", Kaine said.

He was due to meet his counterpart Sergei Lavrov next week, but Johnson confirmed the cancellation in a statement released on Saturday (8 April).

As many as nine civilians, including four children were killed in the United States missile attack on a military airbase in central Syria on Friday.

But President Vladimir Putin has not personally condemned the USA airstrike, and some reports suggest he is unhappy that Assad has boxed him into defending what many consider a war crime.

Russian Federation had agreed to ensure Syria's chemical weapons stockpiles were destroyed - and its failure to do this enabled the attack, he said.

"I hope Russian Federation is thinking carefully about its continued alliance with Bashar al-Assad because every time one of these horrific attacks occurs, it draws Russian Federation closer into some level of responsibility".

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European Union foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, said the missile strike was not within the framework of the United Nations.

Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon has said Russian Federation is responsible for "every civilian death" in Bashar Assad's chemical weapons attack on his own people.

Syria officially relinquished its chemical arsenal and signed the Chemical Weapons Convention in 2013 to avert military action after it was accused of an attack outside Damascus that killed hundreds.

It came as Iranian news wires reported that Rouhani had also spoken to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Sunday. "By proxy Russian Federation is responsible for every civilian death last week", Sir Michael wrote.

And other members are keen to establish clarity over the U.S.'s position on Assad's regime, ahead of a visit to Russian Federation by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday.

Yet despite the Defence Secretary's strong words today, the Government is continuing to face questions over why Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson cancelled a trip to Moscow at the eleventh hour.

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