The Saudi foreign minister Saud al-Faisal said it is time for the world to do everything it can to prevent aggression against the Syrian people, and that it would back a US strike on Syria if the Syrian people did.
"We call upon the international community with all its power to stop this aggression against the Syrian people," Faisal said in Cairo, where he was attending a meeting of Arab League foreign ministers to discuss Syria.
On the prospect of a US strike, he said: "We stand by the will of the Syrian people. They know best their interests, so whatever they accept, we accept, and whatever they refuse, we refuse." The meeting was expected formally to blame Assad for the gas attack.