April 26, 2018

British Premier Theresa May defends 'right and legal' Syria strikes

14 April 2018, 11:22 | Winifred Adams

UK Prime Minister Theresa May's Statement on Syria Strikes

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U.S. President Donald Trump said he was prepared to sustain the response until the government of Assad stopped its use of chemical weapons.

She declined to say whether Bashar al-Assad should stay in power and said talks with allies would continue on finding a political solution to the civil war.

Four British fighter jets struck a military base near Homs where Britain said Syrian government forces were holding chemical weapon components.

"While the full assessment of the strike is ongoing, we are confident of its success", she added.

The leader of Britain's opposition Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn said on Saturday there was no legal basis for British strikes against Syria and such action would encourage others to behave in the same way.

In her comments, May also alluded to a nerve agent attack in Britain last month on a former Russian spy and his daughter.

The British PM said the attack was specifically a reaction to the use of chemical weapons, and was not about a regime change.

Over 100 missiles were fired on the morning of Saturday, April 14, targeting what representatives of coalition forces called chemical weapons sites in retaliation for an earlier poison gas attack.

Britain's defense ministry said "very careful scientific analysis" had been applied to maximize the destruction of stockpiled chemicals while minimizing any risk of contamination to surrounding areas.

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May said the strikes would "send a clear signal to anyone else who believes they can use chemical weapons with impunity".

The Prime Minister defended her Government's decision to carry out air strikes in Syria, claiming the air strikes were in Britain's national interest.

Besides Trump, French President Emanual Macron said in a statement that they also could not tolerate the normalisation of the use of chemical weapons.

He tweeted: "I firmly support the military action taken in Syria".

British Prime Minister Theresa May described the strike as "limited and targeted".

British lawmakers voted down taking military action against Damascus in 2013, in what was widely viewed as an assertion of parliamentary sovereignty on the use of force.

"It was right to take the action that we have done in the timing that we have done", she said.

"The UK operated together with our closest allies to alleviate further humanitarian suffering by degrading the Syrian regime's chemical weapons capability", asserted the premier.

"There is a wider question on the future political solution for Syria and that is a matter that we will continue to pursue in diplomatic and political channels with our global partners and allies", May said.

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