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Peru: Pence calls on Latin America to back US-led strikes in Syria02:13

Peru: Pence calls on Latin America to back US-led strikes in Syria

Peru, Lima
April 14, 2018 at 23:15 GMT -00:00 · Published

United States Vice-President Mike Pence urged Latin American nations to publicly back air strikes against alleged chemical weapons facilities in Syria, during a speech to the Summit of the Americas in Lima on Saturday."I call upon every nation in this hemisphere of freedom to support this military action taken by the United States and its allies and to support it publicly," Pence told delegates.So far, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos have been the only figures to voice their support for US-led air strikes.Bolivia and Cuba strongly condemned the intervention in Syria as evidence of US imperialism, while Brazil, Argentina and summit hosts Peru have made pleas for caution.The US, UK and France launched air strikes against multiple government targets in Damascus early on Saturday morning, targeting alleged chemical weapons sites as well as a Syrian military base in Homs.The air strikes are a response to claims of an alleged chemical weapons attack on Douma last week. Syria and Russia have both denied the allegations, calling them "staged" and a "fabrication".

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United States Vice-President Mike Pence urged Latin American nations to publicly back air strikes against alleged chemical weapons facilities in Syria, during a speech to the Summit of the Americas in Lima on Saturday."I call upon every nation in this hemisphere of freedom to support this military action taken by the United States and its allies and to support it publicly," Pence told delegates.So far, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos have been the only figures to voice their support for US-led air strikes.Bolivia and Cuba strongly condemned the intervention in Syria as evidence of US imperialism, while Brazil, Argentina and summit hosts Peru have made pleas for caution.The US, UK and France launched air strikes against multiple government targets in Damascus early on Saturday morning, targeting alleged chemical weapons sites as well as a Syrian military base in Homs.The air strikes are a response to claims of an alleged chemical weapons attack on Douma last week. Syria and Russia have both denied the allegations, calling them "staged" and a "fabrication".

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