Kerry: Arab FMs in agreement about Assad's "deplorable" actions
Sunday, September 08, 2013 - 00:57
Sept. 8 - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says Arab foreign ministers agree that Assad's ''deplorable use of chemical weapons'' crosses an international red line. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)
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STORY: Speaking at a news conference in Paris after meeting key Arab foreign ministers, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said they were leaning towards supporting a G20 statement - already signed by 12 countries - that called for a strong international response following an Aug. 21 chemical attack in Syria.
Washington and Paris say forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad were behind the attack in which more than 1,400 are estimated to have been killed, and that he should be deterred from using such weapons again.
The meeting with Arab ministers, including from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, followed talks in Lithuania with European foreign ministers, who blamed the attack in Syria on Assad but refused to endorse military action.
"All of us agreed - not one dissenter - that Assad's deplorable use of chemical weapons, which we know killed hundreds of innocent people... this crosses an international, global red line, " Kerry said.
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