Stoltenberg: All NATO allies fully support joint military action in Syria

(Strike on Syria)NATO backs US-led strike on Syria, calls it essential to protect int'l pact

The United States, Britain and France carried out air strikes in Syria early Saturday.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Saturday backed the joint airstrikes carried out by the USA, United Kingdom and France in Syria. "This will reduce the regime's ability to further attack the people of Syria with chemical weapons", he said, adding that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation considered the use of chemical weapons as a threat to worldwide peace and security. "But at the same time, I think it really will be risky if the global community accepts use of chemical weapons and therefore we support the actions taken last night", Stoltenberg told reporters, when asked if the military operation in Syria might threaten the UN-led search of the political solution of the conflict in the Middle Eastern country.

"I call on the members of the Security Council to unite and exercise that responsibility", Guterres said.

At the same time, Stoltenberg expressed his conviction that those responsible for chemical attacks must be held to account. The allies put the blame of the attack on Damascus, while the Syrian leadership denied any involvement in the use of chemical weapons.

The countries targeted Damascus and surrounding areas in response to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's chemical weapons capabilities following a chemical attack last week which killed at least 60 people.

On April 9, seven Iranian personnel were among 14 people killed in an early-morning strike on the T-4 airbase in Syria, with regime allies Iran and Russian Federation blaming Israel for the attack.