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Germany's Merkel backs air strikes on Syria as 'necessary and appropriate'

15 April 2018

They were joined by Britain and France. But she added that the violation of worldwide rules against chemical weapons is serious, and "the reactions will be appropriate".

"A perfectly executed strike last night".

"Could not have had a better result".

U.S. President Donald Trump warned Russian Federation on Wednesday that missiles "will be coming" in response to the April 7 gas attack, alleged to have killed dozens of people, and lambasted Moscow for standing by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis called the strikes a "one-time shot" with no additional military action planned for now.

Merkel called the joint strike by the United States, Britain and France early Saturday as "necessary and appropriate", saying it will "preserve the effectiveness of the worldwide ban on the use of chemical weapons".

"At the suggestion of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be making a brief stopover in Berlin on April 20 after completing his visits to Sweden and the United Kingdom", the ministry said in a statement. "If the permanent representatives in the (U.N.) Security Council were to initiate steps. going beyond the diplomatic dimension, then we will be supportive". Before meeting his advisers on Thursday, Trump said "we're looking very very seriously, very closely" at the Syria situation.

Germany and France will push for a new global effort to achieve a lasting ceasefire in Syria, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Saturday.

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Merkel also stressed, however, that the use of chemical weapons was always "unacceptable".

Germany's Merkel backs air strikes on Syria as 'necessary and appropriate'