BRUSSELS, UK Foreign Minister Boris Johnson said Monday that he is “very grateful for the strong international support” for military strikes against the Syrian regime’s chemical weapons; launched by the UK, US and France.
“It was not an attempt to change the tide of war in Syria, to have a regime change or to get rid of Bashar Al Assad. I am afraid the Syrian war in many ways will go on in its horrible way,” he told reporters ahead of an EU Foreign Ministers meeting in Luxembourg.
“But it was the world saying that it had enough of the use of chemical weapons, the erosion of that taboo that has been in place for 100 years has gone too far under Bashar Al Assad, it’s time that we said no,” he added.
On his part, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said that it is an important meeting today following the intervention by the US, France and the UK in Syria.
“The solution will initially include everyone with influence in the region, but we cannot imagine the participation of someone who uses chemical weapons against their own people,” he said.
Maas added that “we do not agree with Iran’s role in the region, this is the case for their ballistic missiles programme, as well as its involvement in Syria. We will discuss on how to handle Iran.” Jean Asselborn, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Luxembourg, said he hoped that these military strikes will prevent the use of chemical weapons in the future, but added that “I am convinced they will not change the tide of the Syrian conflict.
“I totally agree with the German President who said that we must keep all communication channels with Russia open. I believe a sensible and friendly relationship between Europe and Russia will bring a solution for Syria,” he said.
“Europe will do everything so that the nuclear deal with Iran will not fail. We are aware of Iran’s foreign policy and its ballistic programme that is not in line with the spirit of this deal. However, we must not make the mistake to lose Iran. We must not break this special relationship between the EU and Iran,” Asselborn added.
Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders said “as far as Iran is concerned, I think we must pursue the nuclear deal and keep in contact with Iran and debate its role in the region, the use of ballistic missiles.
“There won’t be any military solutions in Syria and if we want a political solution, we need this dialogue with Iran and Russia in mind,” he added.
Source: Kuwait News Agency