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Top EU diplomat says after Syria gas attack - Assad has 'primary responsibility'

European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini delivers her speech during the 53rd Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, February 18, 2017. REUTERS/Michaela Rehle

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union’s top diplomat Federica Mogherini said on Tuesday Syrian President Bashar al-Assad held “primary responsibility”, after a suspected gas attack killed at least 58 people.

“Today the news is awful. This is a dramatic reminder that the situation on the ground still continues to be dramatic in many parts of Syria,” Mogherini told reporters.

“Obviously there is a primary responsibility from the regime because it has the primary responsibility of protecting its people.”

Reporting by Robin Emmott; Writing by Gabriela Baczynska; Editing by Alison Williams