Arab Stocks Advance as Jitters Over US Strike in Syria Fade

Monday, 16 Apr, 2018

They're not resettled refugees; both have become USA citizens, but Kalil says many of their relatives still live in Syria.

India on Saturday, while describing an alleged chemical attack in Syria as "deplorable", called for restraint after the US, Britain and France launched coordinated missile attacks on the West Asian nation.

Syrian state media called the attack a "flagrant violation of worldwide law", while Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called it a "crime".

Russian Federation on Saturday failed to win UN backing for a condemnation of military strikes launched by the United States, Britain and France on Syria in retaliation for an alleged chemical weapons attack.

The US' keenness to strike stemmed from its charge that the Syrian government had attacked a rebel-held enclave within the country with chemical weapons, killing about 50 people, and the West says it draws the line at chemical weapons, whose use is banned in global law.

Looking ahead, France's UN ambassador Francois Delattre said France, Britain and the United States would soon be presenting the Security Council with a new draft resolution aimed at achieving a lasting solution to the Syrian conflict that addresses political, chemical and humanitarian issues.

"The time for talk ended last night", Haley said.

The US-led strikes on Saturday came after a suspected chemical weapons attack by the Syrian regime in the former rebel stronghold of Douma last week. Inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons were due to visit Douma yesterday to inspect the site of the suspected gas attack.

The United States "gave diplomacy chance after chance after chance", she said, only to have Russian Federation block, last Tuesday, an effort to set up an independent body to investigate chemical attacks in Syria.

The UN Council is set to meet at Russia's request to discuss the US-led airstrikes, which were executed on three targets believed to be the centre of the Assad-regime's chemical program operations. But there was a clear warning that if the Assad regime resorts to chemical weapons again, then further strikes may well follow.

But Russian president Vladimir Putin condemned the Syria strikes as an "act of aggression" that would have a "destructive" influence on global relations.

Argentine President Mauricio Macri also called for countries to avoid escalating the tensions.

Secretary of Defense James Mattis on Friday announced the press briefing would be held Saturday for the specific reason of dispelling false information about the strike coming from Russian Federation, which is a key ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime.

Meanwhile, a senior foreign-policy voice in Russia's upper house of parliament riffed on U.S. President Donald Trump's tweet days earlier daring Moscow to try and shoot down "nice and new and "smart" U.S. missiles in Syria.

The Russian military also claimed Syria shot down the cruise missiles that were launched at a Syrian air base.