We will continue looking for support on Syria-Hagel
Friday, August 30, 2013 - 01:27
US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel says the US will continue working for an international coalition on military action in Syria after British parliament votes against it. Julie Noce reports.
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U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said the U.S. would continue looking for an international coalition willing to take military action in Syria-
Hagel made his comments in the Philippines the day after Britain's parliament voted against an attack on Syria.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) UNITED STATES DEFENCE SECRETARY CHUCK HAGEL SAYING:
"Our approach is to continue to find an international coalition that will act together. And I think you're seeing a number of countries state, publicly state, their position on the use of chemical weapons. We'll continue to consult with our allies and our partners and friends."
The late night vote in the British parliament was a poilitcal body blow to Prime Minister David Cameron.
(nats) "So the Noes have it, the Noes have it."
After the vote, Cameron, who had battled hard to win support for military action, confirmed he wouldn't override the will of parliament.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) BRITISH PRIME MINISTER DAVID CAMERON, SAYING:
" I strongly believe in the need for a tough response to the use of chemical weapons, but I also believe in respecting the will of this House of Commons. It is clear to me that the British parliament, reflecting the views of the British people, does not want to see British military action - I get that and the government will act accordingly."
After the vote, White House officials suggested they would still be willing to proceed with military action despite the lack of support by the British.
Officials in Washington also said Thursday they had quote no doubt chemical weapons were used by President Bashar al-Assad's regime.
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