Syria, Russia to top agenda as G7 ministers meet

Violet Powell
April 14, 2017

But as lawmakers called on Trump to consult with Congress on future military strikes and a longer-term strategy on Syria, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley described regime change in Syria as a U.S. priority and inevitable. "If you look at his actions, if you look at the situation, it's going to be hard to see a government that's peaceful and stable with Assad".

The chemical attack prompted a world outcry and a US missile attack that marked a turning point in the Trump administration's approach to the seven-year-old conflict.

"And Secretary Tillerson basically saying the same thing after kind of contradicting himself and then saying the same thing argues vigorously for a plan and a strategy", McCain told the CBS broadcaster in a response whether Tillerson's remarks facilitated the use of chemical weapons, which the United States administration blames on Assad.

But Ms Haley warned that the USA was prepared to "do more" if needed, leaving the door open for more military intervention as the global community awaits a response from President Assad and his allies.

"We do not have any information at suggests that Russian Federation was part of the military attack undertaken using the chemical weapons", Tillerson said.

He will say that Assad has no future in Syria, Russia must stop supporting the regime and a plan to rebuild the country must be drawn up.

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Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says additional economic sanctions against Syria are being prepared. But Haley reiterated her statements about further actions in Syria in her interview with Tapper.

But he also clarified there had been "no change to our military posture" in Syria following a retaliatory U.S. strike against a Syrian airbase, and that Washington's "first priority" in Syria was to defeat the Islamic State terror group.

President Trump's new National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster made an appearance on this week's edition of "Fox News Sunday" where he suggested that Russian Federation should reconsider its support for Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad.

In the interview with CNN, Haley said peace in Syria was impossible with al-Assad in power. But he suggested that Trump was seeking a global political response for regime change from USA allies as well as Russian Federation, which he said needed to reconsider its support of Syria.

The two leaders also called for an investigation into the nerve gas attack in Idlib province, which Syria has claimed was caused by a stockpile of rebel-held chemical weapons being hit by a stray bomb. Haley, for example, questioned why Moscow rushed to Syria's defense so soon after the chemical weapons attack. "And saying, 'we are only going after chemical weapons areas, ' ignores the enormity of the problem", he said.

A top Senate Democrat and Republican differed Sunday on Trump having used executive powers to attack the Syrian government but agreed that Congress must be included in further actions.

"From now on we will respond with force to any aggressor or any breach of red lines from whoever it is and America knows our ability to respond well", said the statement published by the group on media outlet Ilam al Harbi (War Media).

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