A military intervention in Syria by the US and its allies looks probable as the leaders of 11 countries of the G20 economic group issued a strong statement at the end of their meeting in the Russian city of Saint-Petersburg, holding Syrian President Bashar al-Assad responsible for the chemical attack that was said to have killed over 1400 people.
The joint statement issued by Australia, Canada, France, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Turkey, the UK and the US condemned the ‘horrific’ attack in Damascus and called for a ‘strong international response’, Sky News reports.
“The use of chemical weapons anywhere diminishes the security of people everywhere,” the G20 statement said. “Left unchallenged, it increases the risk of further use and proliferation of these weapons.”
But Assad, whose army is said to be preparing to counter all foreign attacks on their soil, has warned the West and its allies that the Syrian conflict will have terrible consequences that will be felt beyond the Middle East.
However, it remains unclear to what the Syrian president was referring to, but analysts believe Assad forces might be tempted to strike Israel, Turkey and other Gulf countries such as Qatar, in retaliation of any Western military intervention.
The possibility of Syria-funded terrorist cells striking Western interests across the world is also being put on the table, as a frustrated and fading Assad will try by all means to show that he can take the war at the West’s doorsteps.
Sky News also said that the leaders vehemently criticised the UN’s response to the crisis, claiming it was ‘paralysed’. “The world cannot wait for endless failed processes that can only lead to increased suffering in Syria and regional instability,” the group said.
Photo: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Credit: Telegraph.co.uk