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G7 issues statement backing air strikes in Syria

The G 7 have expressed full support for the coordinated air strikes in Syria by the US, Britain, and France
The G 7 have expressed full support for the coordinated air strikes in Syria by the US, Britain, and France

NHK, 17 April 2018-- Leaders of the Group of 7 industrialized countries have expressed full support for the coordinated air strikes in Syria by the United States, Britain and France.

The G7 leaders issued a joint statement on Monday. In it, they said they are united in condemning, in the strongest possible terms, the use of chemical weapons in Syria by the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

They also gave their full support to efforts by the US, Britain and France to degrade the Assad regime's ability to use chemical weapons and to deter any future use.

They called the military response limited, proportionate and necessary.

They said it came only after every possible diplomatic option to uphold international norms against the use of chemical weapons had been exhausted.

They called the use of such weapons a breach of the Chemical Weapons Convention and a threat to international peace and security.

They said the Assad regime's repeated use of chemical weapons has been confirmed.

And they condemned what they called the deliberate strategy to terrorize local populations and force them into submission.

Russia and China have harshly criticized the missile attacks, calling them illegal and unacceptable.

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