Kerry welcomes 'strong' EU statement on Syria

VILNIUS Sat Sep 7, 2013 8:47am EDT

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (C) is pictured with aide Jason Meininger as he leaves a meeting with European Union Ministers of Foreign Affairs at the National Gallery of Art in Vilnius, Lithuania, September 7, 2013. REUTERS/Susan Walsh/Pool

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (C) is pictured with aide Jason Meininger as he leaves a meeting with European Union Ministers of Foreign Affairs at the National Gallery of Art in Vilnius, Lithuania, September 7, 2013.

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VILNIUS (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry welcomed a European Union statement on Saturday that said there appeared to be strong evidence that the Syrian government carried out a chemical attack on civilians in August.

"We are very grateful for the statement that came out of the meeting today with respect to Syria -- a strong statement about the need for accountability," Kerry said after meeting EU foreign ministers in the Lithuanian capital Vilnius.

(Reporting by Arshad Mohammed; Editing by Adrian Croft)

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