Saudi Arabia calls for ‘decisive and serious’ action on Syria

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Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal called on the International Community on Tuesday to take “decisive and serious” position against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

“The rejection of the Syrian regime of all serious and earnest Arab efforts .... requires a decisive and serious standby the international community to stop the humanitarian tragedy of the Syrian people,” Prince al-Faisal said, according to the state news agency SPA.

Meanwhile, the Arab League blamed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for a chemical weapons attack outside Damascus, urging the 15-member U.N. Security Council to act.

The Arab League holds Syria “fully responsible for the ugly crime and demands that all the perpetrators of this heinous crime be presented for international trials,” the statement, issued after an emergency meeting said, although military action was not mentioned.

Diplomatic sources said that the Arab League’s statement had been pushed through by the Gulf states, particularly Saudi Arabia and Qatar, in the knowledge that air strikes were being discussed.

The two countries have been of the keenest backers of Syria’s rebels and have pressed for stricter action against the Syrian regime.

Western powers have told Syrian opposition forces to expect a strike against Assad’s forces within days, as a punishment for last week’s chemical weapons attack, according to sources who attending a meeting between envoys and the Syrian National Coalition, according to Reuters.

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