G-7 ministers seek unity in bid to press Russian Federation over Assad
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 18, 2017,
Apr 18, 2017, 7:22
And he's set for an even higher-profile mission, heading to Moscow under the twin clouds of Russia's alleged us election meddling and its possible support for a Syrian chemical weapons attack.
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Sunday.
Only a week earlier, Tillerson had alarmed USA allies by indicating the US was no longer interested in pushing for Syrian President Bashar Assad's removal from power.
British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson had said ahead of the two-day G7 meeting that he wanted to discuss imposing fresh sanctions over last week's alleged chemical weapons attack in a rebel-held area by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's air force.
President Donald Trump, who said he had a change of mind about Syria after the chemical attack, ordered the U.S. military to take out the airfield by cruise missiles. The OPCW in 2016 said that due to gaps and inconsistencies in Syria's declaration its compliance with the chemical weapons treaty could not be fully verified. "Either Russia has been complicit or Russia has simply been incompetent in its ability to deliver on its end of that agreement", he said.
President Donald Trump launched the first USA direct attack against the Assad government early Friday local time.
Once the threat from Islamic State has been reduced or eliminated, "I think we can turn our attention directly to stabilizing the situation in Syria", Tillerson said in excerpts from an interview on CBS's "Face the Nation", that will air in full on Sunday.
G-7 diplomats sitting down for talks in the centuries-old Ducal Palace in Lucca, Italy, hope to use outrage over the attack and wide global support for the United States' retaliatory missile strikes to push Russian Federation to abandon Assad and join a new peace effort for Syria.
"Congress needs to work with the president to try and deal with this long-term strategy, lack of strategy, really, in Syria", he said. Secondly, we don't see a peaceful Syria with Assad in there.
The president was influenced in his decision to strike Syrian government targets by the reaction to the chemical weapons attack from his daughter Ivanka, who was "heartbroken, and outraged", his son said.
The Dutch government said: "The United States has given a clear signal that the use of poison gas crosses a line".
"The president thanked the Prime Minister for her support in the wake of last week's United States military action against the Assad regime".
British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson canceled a planned trip to Russian Federation after he said developments in Syria changed the situation "fundamentally".
The Syrian regime reportedly used chemical weapons Tuesday against innocent civilians, killing women and children at a hospital.