PM still argues for Syria action

David Cameron has said he will continue to argue for a "robust response" to the Syrian regime's use of chemical weapons even though British military action had been ruled out after MPs voted against the principle of intervention.

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Obama tells Cameron he 'respects' Syria stance

President Obama wants to see 'strong' response on Syria Credit: PA

US President Barack Obama told David Cameron he "fully respected" the approach the Prime Minister has taken over Syria in a telephone call tonight, Downing Street said.

The PM insisted he still wants to see a strong response to the chemical weapons attack on the outskirts of Damascus during the 15-minute discussion following the Commons defeat that has ended any possibility of British military intervention.

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