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UK urges ‘strong’ response to alleged Syria chemical attack

Britian's Foregin Secretary Johnson arrives in Downing Street in London Britain, March 13,2018/REUTERS

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on Monday called for a “strong and robust international response” to an alleged poison gas attack on a rebel-held town near Damascus.

Speaking with his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian on the phone, Johnson “underlined the urgent need to investigate what had happened in Douma and to ensure a strong and robust international response,” the Foreign Office said in a statement.

“They agreed that today’s meeting of the United Nations Security Council in New York would be an important next step in determining the international response and that a full range of options should be on the table,” it added.

He also said Britain was not involved in overnight air strikes on a Syrian air base. Russian and Syrian military have blamed those strikes on Israeli war planes.

“If there is clear verified evidence of the use of chemical weapons and a proposal for action where the UK would be useful, then we will look at the range of options,” the spokesman said.