May, Macron stand next to Trump on air strike, Merkel keeps distance
13 April, 2018France and the UK gave last week clear signals they are ready to join the US in carrying out air strikes or some other form of attack in response to the use of chemical weapons by the regime of Bashar Assad, while Germany distanced itself from any military involvement.France has proof the Syrian government carried out a chemical weapons attack with chlorine last week and will decide whether to strike back when all the necessary information has been gathered, President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday. He didn't give details on the evidence, or how it was acquired. Macron said France wanted to remove the Syrian regime’s chemical weapons capabilities. The French army is preparing itself for a possible riposte as it waits for the political green light, military sources told Reuters.Meanwhile, British PM Theresa May won the backing of her Cabinet for action to prevent further chemical attacks by Syria's President Bashar Assad. Following an emergency meeting on Thursday, May's top ministers agreed Britain should continue to work with the US and France on a coordinated response. May later spoke to US President Donald Trump during a telephone call in which Downing Street said the two leaders agreed "it was vital that the use of chemical weapons did not go unchallenged, and on the need to deter the further use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime". The cabinet’s support comes as May faces growing calls from opposition MPs to consult Parliament on backing US air strikes. Meanwhile, Germany took distance from the military options considered by US, Britain and France. Chancellor Angela Merkel twice stated at a press conference in Berlin on Thursday that “Germany will not participate in possible military actions” against Syria. “But we will support and see to it that every effort is being made to show that this use of chemical weapons is unacceptable,” Merkel added.