Published: Thu, April 12, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Germany expects to be consulted before any attack on Syria - foreign minister

Germany expects to be consulted before any attack on Syria - foreign minister

Germany will not participate in a possible military action in Syria, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said at a joint press conference with Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen in Berlin on Thursday.

Merkel said that "we must speak very, very clearly".

The opposition blamed President Bashar Assad's forces, accusations the government strongly denies.

U.S. President Donald Trump warned Russian Federation on Wednesday that missiles "will be coming" in response to the April 7 gas attack, alleged to have killed dozens of people, and lambasted Moscow for standing by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

"Germany will not participate militarily, but we will provide our support if the representatives in the UN Security Council. were to take steps beyond diplomatic measures", she stressed. The country often has restricted itself to supporting roles, such as the participation of a German refueling plane and Jordan-based reconnaissance jets in the current global campaign against the Islamic State group. He said on Tuesday that any French action would target Syria's chemical weapons abilities.

Merkel controversially opened Germany's borders to refugees fleeing the Syrian civil war in 2015, a move that still remains a contentious political topic across Europe today, and was widely seen to have damaged her party's performance in last year's federal elections.

"However, we have been keeping an eye on the situation and we support every effort to emphasize that the use of chemical weapons is unacceptable", Merkel said, calling on the West to work together to respond to the alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria's Eastern Ghouta.

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