Statement expresses support for strikes but stresses need for a political solution to conflict
The UAE is deeply concerned by the latest developments in Syria, following airstrikes by the US, UK and France on chemical weapons facilities over the weekend.
A statement issued on Saturday by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Relations said the UAE condemns the use of chemical weapons against civilians. It also expressed support to the military measures aimed at destroying prohibited weapons.
However it also stressed the need for a political solution to the crisis, “…for ending the suffering and violence there, on the basis of relevant international legitimacy resolutions.”
The statement finished by reiterating the need for “an active Arab role in the political endeavours to find a political solution.”
The announcement was made in response to three rounds of strikes at 4am Syria time on Saturday. The US, UK and France claimed success in striking chemical weapons facilities in the country.
More than 100 missiles were fired, in response to a suspected deadly chemical attack on the town of Douma on April 7.