Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Air strikes on Syria will not change course of war - Johnson

Air strikes on Syria will not change course of war - Johnson

Boris Johnson has defended the decision to launch air strikes on Syria ahead of a Parliamentary debate on the issue, saying they were "right for the United Kingdom and right for the world".

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson speaks during a banquet with diplomats at Mansion House in London, Britain March 28, 2018.

Britain and France on Saturday joined the US-led missile strikes, which came a week after a deadly attack on the town of Douma where civilians were hit with chlorine and sarin according to the Western powers.

Answering the question whether further attacks on Syria should be expected, Johnson said in an interview with the BBC broadcaster that no proposals on new strikes were being considered at the moment.

In the early hours of Saturday morning, joint US, British and French forces launched a series of air strikes targeting what the Pentagon said were three chemical weapons facilities, including a research and development centre in Damascus and two other sites near Homs.

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"The overwhelming why this was the right thing to do, and that is to deter the use of chemical weapons - not just by the Assad regime - but around the world", Mr Johnson said.

"We are confident in our own assessment that the Syrian regime was highly likely responsible for this attack and that its persistent pattern of behaviour meant that it was highly likely to continue using chemical weapons".

Mr Johnson argued that a failure to confront Assad would weaken the "global taboo" around chemical weapons, "with significant humanitarian consequences for many more".

May was to tell parliament, "We have acted because it is in our national interest to do so".

Last night the UN Security Council has rejected a resolution tabled by Russian Federation calling for condemnation of the "aggression" by the United States and its allies against Syria.

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