Published: Sat, April 14, 2018
Money | By Armando Alvarado

UK PM May says indications are Syrian authorities were behind chemical attack

UK PM May says indications are Syrian authorities were behind chemical attack

Prime Minister Theresa May has summoned the cabinet to discuss the government's response to the suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria, a BBC News report said on Thursday.

"The chemical weapons attack that took place on Saturday in Douma in Syria was a shocking and barbaric act", May told reporters in the central English city of Birmingham.

In the call, the two leaders had agreed that the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad "had established a pattern of unsafe behaviour in relation to the use of chemical weapons", Downing Street said.

Twenty-one percent of the respondents said they did not know if it was necessary to hold a parliamentary vote on whether London should engage in the military actions against Syria.

However, some of her MPs have expressed caution about getting involved in the complex conflict in Syria and are pressing for parliament to be recalled from its Easter break to discuss any action.

"And we will be working with our closest allies on how we can ensure that those who are responsible are held to account and how we can prevent and deter the humanitarian catastrophe that comes from the use of chemical weapons in the future".

"Cabinet agreed the Prime Minister should continue to work with allies in the United States and France to coordinate an global response", the statement added.

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Trump is also expected to speak to French President Emmanuel Macron about what form action could take, with the White House saying "no final decision has been made".

Ministers will consider the options for backing military action threatened by the United States and its allies.

Syria's been fighting civil war for over seven years.

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.

Britain continues to support the US-led coalition targeting IS jihadists in Iraq and Syria, and has conducted more than 1,700 strikes.

Further, the Russian ministry has also claimed to have certain evidence proving the direct involvement of the U.S. in Syria chemical attack.

Conservative former London mayoral candidate Zac Goldsmith tweeted: "We need a clear response to the Syrian chemical outrage".

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