Saudi Arabia joins G20 partners in condemning Syrian regime’s use of chemical weapons

September 6, 2013

Saudi Arabia joined leaders and representatives of Australia, Canada, France, Italy, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States in condemning the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime against its citizens. In a statement issued on the margins of the Group of 20 Nations Leader’s Meeting in Saint Petersburg, Russia, the leaders and representatives condemned “in the strongest terms the horrific chemical weapons attack in the suburbs of Damascus on August 21st that claimed the lives of so many men, women, and children” and called for “a strong international response to this grave violation of the world’s rules and conscience that will send a clear message that this kind of atrocity can never be repeated.” The leaders and representatives added, “those who perpetrated these crimes must be held accountable” and warned that, if left unchallenged, “it increases the risk of further use and proliferation of these weapons.”

While the signatories are committed to supporting a strong U.N. Security Council resolution to address bloodshed in Syria, which resulted in death of more than 100,000 people, and the regime’s use of chemical weapons, the signatories also expressed their support for efforts “undertaken by the United States and other countries to reinforce the prohibition on the use of chemical weapons.”