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


The Kremlin also issued a statement Sunday on Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's discussion of the situation in Syria by phone. The strike was in response to the alleged chemical attack in Idlib Province, where dozens of civilians reportedly died from suspected gas poisoning.

"The Russians were never targeted in this particular strike", Tillerson said. "This man who is now in office in America claimed that he wanted to fight terrorism but today all terrorists in Syria are celebrating the U.S. attack", he said.

United States ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley explained on NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday that President Donald Trump made a decision to act last week and send missiles into Syria because "enough if enough".

Mr Johnson told The Sun US president Donald Trump had shown "a resolve and willingness that has been sadly missing in the last few years" and warned the US could strike Syria again.

ABC News reported that 20 Syrian aircraft were hit and demolished in Thursday's strike, which is welcoming news for Syrians who have to deal with barrel bombing from the Assad Regime on a constant basis.

Despite global agreement that Tuesday's launched chemical attacks were carried out by the Assad-led government, Russian Federation and Iran have defended their mutual ally.

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Haley's comments came after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told lawmakers he would look into stepping up sanctions on both countries, whose leadership supports Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who USA officials say is responsible for a chemical weapons attack against civilians last week.

"We don't believe we need dialogue with London more than (London) needs it (with us)". Washington blamed the Syrian government for the incident, saying chemical weapons used in the alleged attack originated from the airfield.

Boris Johnson, the British foreign secretary, is pushing for the group, which comprises the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom, to call for Russian Federation to drop backing for the country's president Bashar al-Assad or face tough new sanctions, The Times reported.

"The entire administration was in agreement that this was something that had to be done", Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said on NBC's "Meet the Press".

Foreign ministers from the Group of Seven main industrialised countries are meeting in the Italian town of Lucca later on Monday before US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson flies to Moscow on Tuesday.

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