London (April 12, 2018): British Prime Minister Theresa May joined the US president, Donald Trump, and the French leader, Emmanuel Macron, on Tuesday in warning that they would respond to the Syrian gas attack in order to uphold the global ban on the use of chemical weapons.
In separate phone calls, the three allies agreed that the international community should work closely together to make sure that the regime, and its backers, were held to account.The UK prime minister is facing mounting pressure from senior Conservative MPs to support US-led airstrikes against the regime of Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, after the suspected chemical attack in Douma that killed dozens of people.
Earlier, she chaired a meeting of senior intelligence officials and ministers at her so-called “war cabinet”, the National Security Council, to discuss the crisis, which is pushing the US and Russia closer to a direct confrontation over the Middle East.A Downing Street spokesman said of the calls: “They agreed that reports of a chemical weapons attack in Syria were utterly reprehensible and, if confirmed, represented further evidence of the Assad regime’s appalling cruelty against its own people and total disregard for its legal obligations not to use these weapons.“They agreed that the international community needed to respond to uphold the worldwide prohibition on the use of chemical weapons. They agreed they would continue working closely together and with international partners to ensure that those responsible were held to account.”
A White House spokesman said: “Both leaders condemned Syrian president Assad’s vicious disregard for human life. The president and prime minister agreed not to allow the use of chemical weapons to continue.”The prime minister condemned the “brutality” of the attack, adding: “Of course we’ll be talking about this issue, including the discussions that have been taking place at the security council of the United Nations.”
May has said the Assad regime and its Russian backers must be held to account if found responsible for the poison gas attack on the rebel-held town of Douma that killed at least 42 people.