Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Finance | By Claude Patterson

Merkel says Germany not to take part in strike on Syria

Merkel says Germany not to take part in strike on Syria

Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel are seeking to lock in a united front against Donald Trump's tariff threats by meeting in Berlin next week before they travel to Washington for separate talks with the USA president, a French government official said.

As the USA and its allies edge toward punitive measures for a chemical weapons attack they blame on Assad, a parallel track is emerging that could possibly include sanctions against Assad's backers.

"I support the actions taken by the United States, the United Kingdom and France".

"Could not have had a better result".

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis called the strikes a "one-time shot" with no additional military action planned for now.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Saturday the air strikes against the Syrian regime were "necessary and appropriate" after the suspected chemical weapons attacks that killed dozens in Douma.

Germany will join France to push for a new global effort to achieve a lasting ceasefire in Syria, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Saturday, criticising Russian Federation for repeatedly blocking U.N. Security Council action on the war.

"Everything leads us to believe that (Assad) bears responsibility" for the Douma attack, Merkel said. It had previously stated that Germany would not participate in a possible military strike on Syria.

"NATO considers the use of chemical weapons as a threat to worldwide peace and security, and believes that it is essential to protect the Chemical Weapons Convention", the statement added.

"Germany will strongly support all diplomatic steps in this direction", - assured the Chancellor.

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