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North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies briefed on US-led Syria strikes

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies briefed on US-led Syria strikes

Vice President Mike Pence says the airstrikes on Syria "degraded and crippled" the country's chemical weapons capability.

"NATO considers the use of chemical weapons as a threat to worldwide peace and security, and believes that it is essential to protect the Chemical Weapons Convention".

The United Nations Secretary-General, meanwhile, said he is closely watching reports related to the airstrikes on Syria conducted by three of its permanent members.

Meanwhile, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has urged the members of the organisation to show moderation in the prevailing "dangerous" climate and to respect worldwide law.

More news: What we know about the U.S. airstrikes on Syria

"I urge all member states to show restraint in these unsafe circumstances and to avoid any acts that could escalate the situation and worsen the suffering of the Syrian people".

"The use of chemical weapons is unacceptable, and those responsible must be held accountable", he said in a statement.

During the NAC meeting, France, the United Kingdom and the United States briefed Allies on their joint military action in Syria overnight, as well as on the additional, non-military measures taken to reinforce the Chemical Weapons Convention.

The strikes were about making sure that chemical weapons can not be used with impunity, he added. "The goal of the meeting is to hear information from the United States, France and Britain on the latest developments in Syria", - said in the headquarters of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.


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