Can "renewed harmony" with USA allies help sway Russian Federation on Syria?

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and world leaders are holding an urgent meeting in Italy to discuss the crisis in Syria. The centerpiece of that diplomacy will come Tuesday morning when Tillerson takes part in a meeting of "likeminded" nations on Syria, including several Arab nations invited to attend.

The joint command centre also said the presence of U.S troops in northern Syria where Washington has hundreds of special forces helping the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to oust Islamic State was "illegal" and that Washington had a long-term plan to occupy the area.

"We denounce the U.S. missile strike on Syria and regard it as a flagrant violation of an independent country's sovereignty (and) a measure that needs to be addressed and condemned in the UN Security Council", Rouhani said, according to Iranian media.

Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Ankara sees the US intervention in Syria as appropriate but not enough.

President Donald Trump's national security adviser is calling on Russian Federation to re-evaluate its support for Syrian President Bashar Assad, leaving open the possibility of additional USA military action against Syria.

The US missile strike on Syria contained a clear message for North Korea and its main ally China, analysts said, but not one strong enough to push Pyongyang off its nuclear weapons path.

Johnson also denounced Russia's defense of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad and said the United Kingdom had called on Russian Federation to work toward a political settlement in Syria. "They are absent from this and are navigating aimlessly in the dark", said a senior European diplomat, who declined to be named.

Although Russia has steadfastly supported Syrian President Bashar Assad's government, and they've coordinated military attacks together, Washington has never previously accused Moscow of complicity in any attack that involved the gassing of innocent civilians, including children.

"We ask for God's wisdom as we face the challenge of our very troubled world", said Trump who added: "We hope as long as America stands for justice, then peace and harmony will in the end prevail".

The foreign secretary is working with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to mount pressure on Russian Federation to sever its support for Assad.

The body of a plane burned as a result of the U.S. missile attack on an air base in Syria.

In the hours leading up to Trump's decision to order the strikes, Tillerson was among the most forward-leaning of Trump's top aides in suggesting the USA would deliver an "appropriate response".

GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: But but you accept that right now, the Syrian people have no way to remove Assad.

However, he did not voice support for seeking a USA role in regime change in the country. Some officials, like Tillerson, said the US was confident Syrians would choose on their own to push Assad aside, while suggesting the USA wouldn't mandate it. U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley and others said that ousting Assad was indeed a USA goal, but only one of several.

  • Leroy Wright