'Germany won't play active role in Syria airstrike'

'Germany won't play active role in Syria airstrike'

On Thursday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced that although Germany "support [s] ... that everything is being done to send a signal that this use of chemical weapons is not acceptable", the nation won't participate in military action in Syria.

Merkel stressed the importance of a united position in response to an alleged attack in Douma that the West is blaming on Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces.

Germany's foreign minister said more pressure should be applied on Russian Federation over its support for President Bashar Al-Assad, hinting at possible non-military measures alongside threatened allied strikes on Syria. Parliamentary authorization is required to operate beyond the current mandate.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday voiced support for the US -led military operation in Syria, marking a clear change from her earlier ambiguous tone. The country often has restricted itself to supporting roles, such as the participation of a German refueling plane and Jordan-based reconnaissance jets in the current global campaign against the Islamic State group.

Germany will join France to push for a new global effort to achieve a lasting ceasefire in Syria, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Saturday, criticising Russian Federation for repeatedly blocking U.N. Security Council action on the war.

Maas said it was critical to first achieve a lasting, nationwide ceasefire in Syria, along with humanitarian access, but the next step would be to negotiate a lasting solution that addresses the legitimate interests of the Syrian people. She said it was clear that not all chemical weapons had been destroyed in Syria in a process that began in 2013.

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