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Haley rebukes Assad over continued use of chemical weapons

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Haley assails Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons amid uncertainty over Trump’s stance on Syria.

By: Ben Cohen, The Algemeiner

Amid uncertainty over the future direction of US policy in Syria, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley issued a stinging rebuke on Wednesday to President Bashar al-Assad’s regime over its continued use of chemical weapons.

“We must not forget that while we sit here debating chemical weapons, there are people on the front lines in Syria who are facing the terrifying reality of those heinous weapons,” Haley declared at a meeting of the UN Security Council marking the first anniversary of the massacre at Khan Sheikhoun in northwestern Syria — in which 90 people were killed and hundreds more badly wounded after Syrian Air Force planes dropped a deadly nerve agent on rebel-held areas.

Despite a September 2013 agreement between Russia and the Obama administration for Moscow to remove chemical weapons stockpiles out of the Assad regime’s control, dozens of deadly attacks using chemical weapons were reported in Syria during 2016 and 2017, with at least three so far this year.

Describing the Iranian and Russian-backed Assad presidency as a “regime that uses chemical weapons practically every other week,” Haley warned that “our lack of action has consequences.”

“When we let one regime off the hook, others take notice,” she added, in a reference to Russia’s alleged involvement in the deadly use of a chemical nerve agent against a former KGB officer in the UK on March 4.

“Even with all of the profound divisions on this council, the United States refuses to believe that we cannot come together once again to stop chemical weapons,” Haley urged. “Not just to protect the Syrian people, but to protect us all.”

Other State Department officials echoed Haley’s condemnation of the government in Damascus. “The Assad regime has blatantly violated the Chemical Weapons Convention and UN Security Council resolutions, and no drumbeat of nonsensical claims by either the regime or its protectors can hide this truth,” State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert declared in a statement.

Nauert charged that “Russia continues to shield its Syrian ally by openly impeding international efforts to hold the Assad regime responsible for these heinous attacks.”

Unease over Trump’s pledge to withdraw from Syria
Wednesday’s comments came amid continuing Israeli and Saudi unease over US President Donald Trump’s pledge to withdraw US troops from Syria, where Iran and its allies have become entrenched in the wake of the extensive defeats inflicted upon ISIS.

In a call on Tuesday, Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “agreed to continue their close coordination on countering Iran’s malign influence and destabilizing activities,” according to a White House statement.

On Wednesday, a White House official said that Trump was not looking to set a specific date for the withdrawal of the 2,000 American troops presently deployed in Syria.

“We’re not going to immediately withdraw but neither is the president willing to back a long-term commitment,” the official noted.

由于特朗普在叙利亚问题上的立场不确定,哈雷抨击阿萨德政权使用化学武器。

由:Ben Cohen,Algemeiner

由于美国在叙利亚政策未来方向的不确定性,美国驻联合国大使尼基·哈利周三向巴沙尔·阿萨德总统的政权继续使用化学武器发出了尖锐的指责。

“我们不要忘记,在我们坐在这里辩论化学武器时,叙利亚的一线人员正面临这些令人发指的武器的恐怖现实,”海利在联合国安理会的会议上宣布,叙利亚西北部汗谢赫洪的屠杀事件 – 叙利亚空军的飞机在反叛分子控制的地区投下致命的神经毒剂后,造成90人死亡,数百人受伤。

尽管俄罗斯和奥巴马政府于2013年9月达成协议,要求莫斯科将化学武器库存从阿萨德政权的控制范围内清除,但在2016年和2017年期间,叙利亚报告了数十起使用化学武器的致命袭击事件,今年至少有三起。

将伊朗和俄罗斯支持的阿萨德总统描述为“实际上每隔一周就使用化学武器的政权”,海利警告说“我们缺乏行动会产生后果”。

“当我们让一个政权摆脱困境的时候,其他人就会注意到,”她补充说,他提到俄罗斯涉嫌参与3月4日在英国对一名前克格勃官员致命的化学神经毒剂的使用。

“即使在这个理事会的所有深刻的分歧,美国拒绝相信我们不能再一次来阻止化学武器,”海利敦促。 “不仅仅是为了保护叙利亚人民,而是为了保护我们所有人。”

其他国务院官员也回应哈立对大马士革政府的谴责。 “阿萨德政权公然违反了”化学武器公约“和联合国安理会的决议,并且政府或其保护者都没有任何荒谬的主张可以掩盖这一事实,”国务院发言人希瑟·纳乌特在一份声明中宣称。

Nauert指责说:“俄罗斯继续公开阻止国际努力,让阿萨德政权对这些罪恶袭击负责,继续保护其叙利亚盟友。”

特朗普承诺退出叙利亚的承诺减弱
周三的评论是在以色列和沙特对美国总统唐纳德特朗普保证将叙利亚撤出美国军队的承诺持续不断的情况下发生的。在叙利亚,伊朗及其盟友在伊斯兰国遭受大规模失败之后已经陷入僵局。

根据白宫发表的声明,特朗普和以色列总理本杰明内塔尼亚胡在周二的电话会议上“同意继续密切协调对付伊朗的恶性影响和破坏稳定的活动”。

周三,一名白宫官员表示,特朗普并不打算为目前部署在叙利亚的2000名美军撤出具体日期。

“我们不会立即撤回,但总统也不愿意支持长期承诺,”该官员指出。

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