Syria minister calls for pre-emptive response to US threats

2013-09-02 15:07
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Cape Town – A Syrian cabinet minister has called for a pre-emptive response to US threats to strike Syria for its alleged chemical attack on innocent civilians in a Damascus suburb.

Syrian Minister for National Reconciliation, Ali Haidar, told Bloomberg that the US has declared war and Syrians have the right to respond pre-emptively against US interests with all means available.

The US blames Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government of launching a chemical attack on innocent civilians in an East Damascus suburb on 21 August. The Assad government has rejected all claims.

“It is unacceptable that a Syrian is afraid to leave his home for fear of the US threat, while an American ambassador can wander about as he pleases,” Haidar said.

“It is unacceptable that our leaders have to go into hiding to protect themselves while US interests are proceeding normally.”

Haidar’s comments come amid Syrian President Bashar Assad’s defiant stance in the face of US threats.

“Syria... is capable of facing up to any external aggression just as it faces up to internal aggression every day, in the form of terrorist groups and those that support them," Sana news agency quoted him as saying.

Syria continues to "record victory after victory", he added.

US president Barack Obama has launched a vigorous campaign to seek Congressional approval for military strikes against the Assad government.

AP reports that Obama’s administration is now trying to rally support among Americans and their congressmen and senators.

The proposed strikes have been met with resistance from some Republican and Democratic lawmakers who do not want to see military action at all.

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