Macron says to strike Syria "in due course"

13 April, 2018, 01:29 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
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Speaking on TF1 television, Macron said "we have proof that chemical weapons were used, at least chlorine" in recent days by Syrian President Bashar Assad's government. He didn't elaborate on exactly what that proof is.

US President Donald Trump is still weighing options for military action against Syria.

Contrary to the situation in 2013, when French-U.S. plans to strike the Assad regime for using chemical weapons were thwarted by a last-minute decision by then-U.S. president Barak Obama, surgical strikes against Syrian chemical weapon facilities or air bases are now complicated by the military presence of Russian Federation.

Trump warned Syria and Russian Federation on Wednesday that he was readying missile strikes on Syria in retaliation for the attack. "Could be very soon or not so soon at all", he added.

British Prime Minister Theresa May yesterday summoned her senior ministers to a special Cabinet meeting to discuss joining the United States and France in possible military action against Syria after a suspected poison gas attack on civilians.

Macron said France wanted to remove the Syrian regime's chemical weapons capabilities.

"More fundamentally, there does seem to be some awareness that another round of strikes is unlikely to effective without a wider strategy, which for the moment is sorely lacking".

The French president said he was working closely with the USA on a possible response.

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May recalled the ministers from their Easter holiday for the meeting at 3:30pm in Downing Street to discuss Britain's response to what she has cast as a barbaric attack that can not go unchallenged.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov cautioned against "any steps which could lead to an escalation of tensions".

The UN's World Health Organisation has requested access to verify reports that 70 people died, including 43 who showed "symptoms consistent with exposure to highly toxic chemicals".

The Jaish al-Islam group in Douma agreed on Sunday to withdraw, hours after the suspected chemical weapons attack on the town that has raised the prospect of USA strikes.

Mr Assad's government has denies being behind any chemical attack.

Douma was the last major rebel stronghold near Damascus.

A team from the world's chemical arms watchdog, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), was expected to arrive in Syria on Thursday and Friday begin a fact-finding mission in Douma.


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