UK & US closely aligned' on Syria

The Foreign Secretary has insisted Britain and America's "objectives and efforts remain closely aligned" despite MPs voting against military action in Syria. Their meeting in London took place as their Syrian and Russian counterparts met in Moscow.

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25 countries support US statement condemning Syria

Fourteen more countries have signed a statement condemning Syria over its use chemical weapons.

In addition to those who has already lent their support the total now includes 25 countries.

The full list of those supporting the statement is:

  • Albania. Australia
  • Canada, Croatia
  • Denmark, Estonia
  • France, Germany
  • Honduras, Hungary
  • Italy, Japan
  • Republic of Korea, Kosovo
  • Latvia, Lithuania
  • Morocco, Qatar
  • Romania, Saudi Arabia
  • Spain, Turkey
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom, United States

Labour is 'more concerned with politics than Syria'

Labour is not serious about Syria and is more interested in political positioning, David Cameron has claimed.

Ariha was previously controlled by the Free Syrian Army, is seeing ongoing clashes after control was wrested by forces loyal to Assad. Credit: Reuters

The Prime Minister said the Government put everything desired by the Opposition front bench in its motion for action in Syria.


Kerry: Assad offers only 'words contradicted by facts'

Asked if there was anything the Assad regime could do to prevent a US military attack on Damascus, John Kerry suggested the Syrian leader could "turn over every single bit of chemical weapons to the international community in the next week."

"But he isn't about to do it," he said.

He said US evidence was "real evidence that I could take into a court room."

"I've personally tried people who have gone away for long prison sentences or for life for less evidence than we have for this."

Assad offers only "words that are contradicted by facts," he added.

Kerry: We need 'appropriate outcry' at chemical attack

John Kerry referenced genocides in Europe and Rwanda in putting forward his case for taking military action against the Assad regime in Syria.

"We need to hear an appropriate outcry as we think back on those moments of history when large numbers of people have been killed because the world was silent," he said.

"The holocaust, Rwanda, other moments, are lessons to all of us today."

"So let me be clear," he continued. "The United States of America, President Obama, myself, others are in full agreement that the end of the conflict in Syria requires a political solution."

But he insisted such a solution was currently impossible if "one party believes that he can rub out countless numbers of his own citizens with impunity using chemicals that have been banned for 100 years."

Kerry: Special relationship remains and will continue

US Secretary of State John Kerry says his country's special relationship with the UK will remain that way long into the future.

"The relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom has often been described as special and essential, quite simply because it is," he said.

"It was before the vote in parliament and it will be for long afterwards."

He added: "Our bond is bigger than one vote, is bigger than one moment."

He said the two countries were united on "rules by which human beings try to organise their societies."

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