Obama discussed with other world leaders at the G20 in Russia, the grave threat to shared international security and the Syrian regime’s use of chemical weapons. what President Obama emphasised and stressed that the Assad regime’s brazen use of chemical weapons isn’t just a Syrian tragedy it was an international tragdey and earlier on in the week a challenge to the civilised world, the President also sated “It’s a threat to global peace and security”.
Syria’s escalating use of chemical weapons threatens its neighbors — Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Israel. It threatens to further destabilize the Middle East. The President also highlighted “It increases the risk that these weapons will fall into the hands of terrorist groups….it threatens to unravel the international norm against chemical weapons embraced by 189 nations, and those nations represent 98 percent of the world’s people.”
President Obama also noted that failing to respond to this breach of this international norm would send a signal to rogue nations, authoritarian regimes, and terrorist organizations that they can develop and use weapons of mass destruction and not pay a consequence.
The president said had been encouraged by discussions with fellow world leaders this week and that there is a growing recognition that the world cannot stand idly by.
Obama said he will continue to consult with his fellow leaders around the world, and he will continue to consult with Congress. He intends to address the American people from the White House on Tuesday.
In related news the Arab League foreign ministers have said the Assad regime is responsible for the chemical attack and have called for “deterrent and necessary measures against the culprits of this crime.” The Organization of Islamic Cooperation — its general secretariat has called the attack a “blatant affront to all religious and moral values and a deliberate disregard of international laws and norms, which requires a decisive action.”