NATO, UK, EU states back U.S. attack on Assad-held targets

DAILY SABAH WITH AGENCIES
ISTANBUL
Published 07.04.2017 22:07

U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to strike against Syrian regime targets has received support from U.S. allies, including NATO, the U.K., and other EU countries.

Germany and France supported the U.S. missile strikes on a Syrian military area on Friday and said that the Syrian regime leader Bashar Assad bears "full responsibility" for the action. "A military installation of the Syrian regime used for chemical bombing was destroyed last night by American strikes [...] Assad bears full responsibility for this development," the two leaders, François Hollande and Angela Merkel said in a joint statement, adding that Washington had informed them in advance of the strikes. NATO is supporting all international efforts aimed at achieving peace and a political solution in Syria, the Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said in a statement said on Friday after the U.S. strikes on the regime air base. In a statement released Friday, the British government said the attack was an "appropriate gesture" to the Bashar Assad regime's "barbaric" chemical attack. In a statement released Friday, Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders said: "I understand the action of the United States. This is an open and clear warning to the Syrian regime." Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano in a statement on Friday said: "Italy understands the reason for the U.S. military action, which was proportionate in timing and methods, as a response to an unacceptable sense of impunity, as well as a signal of deterrent towards the risk of further use of chemical weapons by Assad, in addition to those ascertained by the U.N."

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