North Atlantic Treaty Organisation convenes emergency meeting on the strike in Syria

  • North Atlantic Treaty Organisation convenes emergency meeting on the strike in Syria

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation convenes emergency meeting on the strike in Syria

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Saturday backed the joint airstrikes carried out by the US, United Kingdom and France in Syria.

"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. The alliance's chief said that the strikes "degraded the capabilities of Syria to conduct new attacks".

"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. But at the same time, I think it really will be unsafe if the worldwide community accepts use of chemical weapons and therefore we support the actions taken last night", Stoltenberg told reporters, when asked if the military operation in Syria might threaten the UN-led search of the political solution of the conflict in the Middle Eastern country. "NATO strongly condemns the repeated use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime".

Explosions were heard in the Syrian capital Damascus early Saturday, as US President Donald Trump announced the punitive strikes in a joint operation with France and Britain.

"This calls for a collective and effective response by the global community", the statement says.

"The EU will stand with our allies on the side of justice", he added.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation said the strikes had wholesale support.

On April 7, the volunteer organizations reported that the chemical attack at Douma, the East Ghouta took place.