Published: Thu, April 12, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Decision on Possible Syria Strikes to Be Announced Within Days, Macron Says

Decision on Possible Syria Strikes to Be Announced Within Days, Macron Says

Russia's ambassador to Lebanon said any missiles fired at Syria would be shot down and the launching sites targeted - a stark warning of a potential major confrontation.

Former prime minister Manuel Valls and Socialist Party head Olivier Faure said the separation of church and state must remain a mainstay of political life, in a country where public service employees are banned from wearing Muslim veils and other dress with religious connotation. In addition, the report goes on to add that France will be consulting with the United States and Britain on what to do next.

"Since the start of the conflict in Yemen, France has adopted a very specific process whereby all sales of military equipment are analysed on a case-by-case basis and on the basis of reinforced criteria that reflect respect for worldwide humanitarian law and the risk of harm to civilian populations", said Macron. The U.S, Britain, and France are not alone in this situation.

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At least 60 people were killed and over 1,000 injured in Saturday's suspected chemical attack on Douma according to a Syrian relief group, reports Reuters.

President Donald Trump on Wednesday warned Russian Federation to "get ready" for a missile attack on its ally Syria, suggesting imminent retaliation for last weekend's suspected chemical weapons attack.

"If we've done so, it must be because somewhere we share the feeling that the link between Church and State has been damaged, that the time has come for us, both you and me, to mend it", he said. The Syrian government denies responsibility.

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Trump has suggested that he has little doubt that Syrian government forces are to blame for what he says was a chemical attack, but neither he nor other administration officials have produced hard evidence.

Separately, Macron defended French weapons sales to the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen, arguing it is based on criteria respecting "international humanitarian law and the risk of harm to civilian populations".

He also said the two sides agreed on the necessity to respond to the chemical attack on the Syrian city of Douma, in addition to the need to "reduce Iran's ballistic activities and expansionism in the region". Second, we are strengthening our diplomatic action for the prohibition of chemical weapons. Trump met at the White House with the emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, who told reporters that he and Trump "see eye to eye" on the Syria problem. The recent attack of in the suburb of Damascus has taken a new turn. Specifically, he was referring to the possibility of intervening via a military course of action.

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