North Atlantic Treaty Organisation backs Syria strikes, United Nations appeals for restraint

The Latest Assad says Western threats based on ‘lies

The Latest Assad says Western threats based on ‘lies

Commenting on the joint attack against Syrian military facilities by the United States, Britain and France, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg Saturday said the worldwide community should have a collective and effective response to the recent use of chemical weapons in Syria.

"Allies expressed their full support for this action meant to degrade the Syrian regime's chemical weapons capability and deter further chemical weapon attacks against the people of Syria", Stoltenberg said.

"The use of chemical weapons is unacceptable, and those responsible must be held accountable", he said in a statement. The minister said strikes conducted by French air force in Syria not targeted at Syria's allies.

U.S., France and Britain are set to come together with and brief North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies on the strikes on Syria in an emergency meeting on April 14, Reuters reported.

"Saudi Arabia fully supports the strikes launched by the United States, France and Britain against Syria because they represent a response to the regime's crimes", a foreign ministry statement said.

"No. Actually on the contrary, I think if we have just been silent, and accepted the use of chemical weapons, it would have undermined the efforts to find a political solution". As a result of this attack at least 70 people died.

Earlier on Saturday, the USA, United Kingdom and France launched airstrikes on the Assad regime's alleged chemical weapons facilities in the country.

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