Rouhani calls for fact-finding committee to probe Syria chemical attack

Still, Haley said the US didn't see a peaceful future Syria with Assad in power.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson spoke by phone on Saturday about the situation in Syria, the Russian ministry said in a statement.

Sen. John McCain on Sunday lobbed part of the blame for Syria having used chemical weapons against its own citizens at President Trump and his administration.

Defeating Islamic State, pushing Iranian influence out of Syria, and the ouster of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad are priorities for Washington, Haley said in an interview on CNN's "State of the Union" which will air in full on Sunday. The strike was in response to the alleged chemical attack in Idlib Province, where dozens of civilians reportedly died from suspected gas poisoning.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday that "terrorists" were applauding his USA counterpart Donald Trump for launching a missile strike on an airbase of his Syrian government ally.

The Washington Post reported that the strikes killed one woman and wounded several others.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani suggested on Saturday that an worldwide fact-finding committee should be formed to probe the allegations of chemical weapons attack in Syria. The Russian government has been implicated in numerous attacks against Syrians opposed to Assad's rule - something Moscow adamantly denies.

It was later announced that Russia, Iran and Hezbollah would increase their support for the Syrian military after the USA fired 59 cruise missiles at the airbase from which it believes the gas attack was launched.

The Tomahawk missile strikes against Syria by the United States have grave consequences for relations between the U.S. and Russian Federation.

Russia, alongside Iran, condemned Friday's USA strike, denouncing it as a "flagrant violation of worldwide law and an act of aggression".

Shamkhani said actions such as the USA airstrike against Syria will harm the process of Iran-Russia-Syria cooperation in fighting terrorism. So Trump's decision to launch the strikes - which President Barack Obama declined to do after a 2013 chemical attack - has raised optimism among rebels that Trump will more directly confront Assad. Meanwhile, ISIL militants launched two suicide attacks on US -backed Syrian rebels near the border with Iraq, leaving at least 12 dead in the fighting and many wounded, rebels sources said on April 9.

"We deplore Russia's continued defence of the Assad regime", he added.

Following the meeting of the G7 foreign ministers, Tillerson "will be able to deliver that clear and coordinated message to the Russians", Johnson said.

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has said "terrorists are celebrating" the U.S. strikes on the air base.

  • Leroy Wright