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Germany: Airstrikes against Syria is warning to Assad regime - FM Maas02:07

Germany: Airstrikes against Syria is warning to Assad regime - FM Maas

Germany, Berlin
April 14, 2018 at 17:28 GMT -00:00 · Published

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas gave a statement to the press, in Berlin, on Saturday afternoon, to comment of the recent US-led airstrikes in Syria.

Maas stated that the airstrikes by the USA, UK and France should act as a deterrent. He said that the action “warns the Assad regime against further violations, and - with that - would hinder a repetition of this suffering caused by chemical weapons.”

However, he also stressed the importance of finding a political solution to the ongoing conflict in Syria. “Long-term peace can only be brought by a political solution. Because of this, the political process needs a renewed impetus in order to put an end to the conflict in Syria,” he said.

Maas also mentioned that Russia needs to play a key role in ongoing negotiations, saying, "We will also use our bilateral contacts and channels with Moscow, so as to bring Russia to a constructive position. Whether we like it or not, without Russia, the political process will not be successful."

The US, UK and France launched airstrikes against multiple government targets in Damascus early on Saturday morning, targeting alleged chemical weapons sites as well as a Syrian military base in Homs.

Germany: Airstrikes against Syria is warning to Assad regime - FM Maas02:07
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German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas gave a statement to the press, in Berlin, on Saturday afternoon, to comment of the recent US-led airstrikes in Syria.

Maas stated that the airstrikes by the USA, UK and France should act as a deterrent. He said that the action “warns the Assad regime against further violations, and - with that - would hinder a repetition of this suffering caused by chemical weapons.”

However, he also stressed the importance of finding a political solution to the ongoing conflict in Syria. “Long-term peace can only be brought by a political solution. Because of this, the political process needs a renewed impetus in order to put an end to the conflict in Syria,” he said.

Maas also mentioned that Russia needs to play a key role in ongoing negotiations, saying, "We will also use our bilateral contacts and channels with Moscow, so as to bring Russia to a constructive position. Whether we like it or not, without Russia, the political process will not be successful."

The US, UK and France launched airstrikes against multiple government targets in Damascus early on Saturday morning, targeting alleged chemical weapons sites as well as a Syrian military base in Homs.

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