Trump discussing Syria with Macron, May

Looking Up       France forecasts the budget deficit will narrow more quickly               Source Finance Ministry

Looking Up France forecasts the budget deficit will narrow more quickly Source Finance Ministry

Russia's ambassador to Lebanon said any missiles fired at Syria would be shot down and the launching sites targeted - a stark warning of a potential major confrontation in Syria.

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who is in Paris, also attended.

When asked whether Britain would join the United States if Washington decided on further military action in Syria, May on Tuesday declined to answer the question directly.

Macron stressed that the consolidated response of the West to use chemical weapons in Syria does not depend on the decisions of the UN Security Council, which yesterday held an emergency meeting devoted to reports from the Duma.

Aurelie Perrier, coordinator for Yemen and Saudi Arabia at Amnesty International France, said: 'France is potentially an accomplice to serious violations of humanitarian laws by selling weapons and military equipment to Saudi Arabia, given what we know is taking place in Yemen'.

As reported by Reuters, the suspected chemical attack in Syria left at least 60 people.

"They agreed they would continue working closely together and with worldwide partners to ensure that those responsible were held to account", said a statement from Downing Street, following Theresa May's conversations with Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron.

Shortly after his tweeted warning to Russia, Trump took a more conciliatory tone in lamenting that the U.S. -Russia relationship "is worse now than it has ever been".

Mr Macron's three-day trip beginning on May 1 will focus on Australia's $50 billion submarine program being built by French company Naval Group, Mr Turnbull said on Wednesday.

French President Emmanuel Macron says a decision on whether to attack the Syrian government's chemical capacities will be announced in the coming days. The Syrian government denies responsibility. "According to the information released, both leaders indicated that available data on an attack in the Syrian city of Duma 'confirm a priori the use of chemical weapons", although no research has supported such approaches. He said any action would "target chemical weapons" stocks.

President Emmanuel Macron has defended France's arms sales to Saudi Arabia which is engaged in a deadly war against its neighbor Yemen. Trump met at the White House with the emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, who told reporters that he and Trump "see eye to eye" on the Syria problem. Qatar hosts the United States' main air operations center for the Middle East, which would coordinate any American air attack in Syria. Specifically, he was referring to the possibility of intervening via a military course of action.

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