Trump spoke by phone with Saudi King Salman

Posted April 09, 2017

The White House says President Donald Trump spoke with Saudi Arabia's king about Syria and he "reaffirmed strong Saudi support for the United States' military strike against the Sayrat airfield".

At the same time, he said that "we are not at war with the Assad regime".

"The U.K. government fully supports the USA action, which we believe was an appropriate response to the barbaric chemical weapons attack launched by the Syrian regime and is meant to deter further attacks", a government spokesman said.

The Deputy Crown Prince said that the project whose foundation stone is scheduled to be laid in the beginning of 2018 and the opening of its first phase in 2022, will make a qualitative leap in the Kingdom and support the country's vision aimed at achieving more prosperity and progress for society and raising the Level of services in the capital Riyadh to become one of the top 100 cities for living in the world.

"We condemn all unilateral military action and the missile strike by United States warships against Shayrat airbase under the pretext of Tuesday's suspected attack on Khan Sheikhun", foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghassemi told the Fars news agency.

In its first public response to the attack, the Kremlin on Friday issued a strong statement labelling the U.S. move as "aggression against a sovereign state in violation of global law".

In an interview to air Sunday on CBS' "Face the Nation", Tillerson said Russians were not targeted by the strikes.

In a sharp escalation of the U.S. military role in Syria, two U.S. warships fired dozens of cruise missiles from the eastern Mediterranean Sea at the airbase controlled by President Bashar al-Assad's forces in response to the poison gas attack in a rebel-held area on Tuesday, U.S. officials said.

"Putin views the USA strikes on Syria as aggression against a sovereign state in violation of the norms of worldwide law and on a made-up up pretext", Peskov was cited as saying.

Iran, also an Assad ally, said it strongly condemned the missile strikes against the Syrian army's Shayrat air base. "Such measures will strengthen terrorists in Syria. and will complicate the situation in Syria and the region", ISNA quoted Bahram Qasemi as saying.

In an interview with Turkish broadcaster Fox TV, Kurtulmus said Assad's government must be fully punished in the global arena and the peace process in Syria needed to be accelerated.

In an interview on Friday with Turkish broadcaster Fox TV, Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said Damascus must be fully punished in the worldwide arena and that the peace process in Syria needed to be accelerated.

"But the worldwide community must clearly sustain its stance against the barbarity of the Assad regime until it can no longer harm the people", he added.

During a press conference Friday morning, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said that US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis had phoned him ahead of the strike to inform him. It was not immediately clear who carried out the strike.

"In both word and action, President (Donald) Trump sent a strong and clear message today that the use and spread of chemical weapons will not be tolerated", a statement from Netanyahu's office said.

He called for the continuation of the peace talks in Kazakhstan, which were organized by Russian Federation and Turkey. Johnson said the situation in Syria has changed "fundamentally" following the chemical attack and the US response.

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