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U.K., France support involvement of U.S. Congress in deciding action against Syria

Sunday, September 01, 2013 - 01:28

Sep. 01 - Leaders in the U.K. and France weigh in on the path toward military intervention in Syria, after President Obama announces his push for congressional support. Nathan Frandino reports.

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WARNING-STORY CONTAINS GRAPHIC IMAGES STORY: European officials say President Barack Obama is making the right decision to seek permission from the U.S. Congress before striking Syria. The Obama administration is blaming the Syrian government for a chemical weapons attack that killed more than 1,000 people, and wants to draw up support for military action in response to the attack. French Interior Minister Manuel Valls says France will wait for the U.S. Congress to vote on the issue. (SOUNDBITE) (French) FRENCH INTERIOR MINISTER MANUEL VALLS SAYING: "President Obama has decided to consult the Congress of the United States. Don't assume there will be no intervention, today we have to wait for the end of this new phase." French President Francois Hollande also blames Syria for the attack, but Valls says France still needs an international coalition to take action. Syrian deputy foreign minister Faisal Miqdad called France's response irresponsible rhetoric (SOUNDBITE) (English) SYRIAN DEPUTY FOREIGN MINISTER, FAISAL MIQDAD, SAYING: "They have falsified the facts and that they are supporting terrorist organizations like al-Qaeda and that they will not succeed against Syria." The U.K., meanwhile, will not be participating in any strike, following a vote in the British Parliament. U.K. Chancellor George Osborne says that, while he supports a strike, he understands Iraq is a factor in the decisions made by the U.K. and U.S. to let a vote decide military action. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.K. CHANCELLOR, GEORGE OSBORNE, SAYING "David Cameron and Barack Obama are leaders that are trying to learn from that experience and trying to take people with them." Hollande has said the U.K. vote will not affect France's willingness to attack Syria.

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U.K., France support involvement of U.S. Congress in deciding action against Syria

Sunday, September 01, 2013 - 01:28