A joint statement by the foreign ministers of the U.K., France, Germany and the U.S. on Wednesday condemned the “use of chemical weapons by Assad regime in Syria, Anadolu reported on Wednesday.
“Today marks one year since the heinous attack on the town of Khan Sheikhoun, where Assad’s forces unleashed sarin nerve gas with tragic consequences for hundreds of men, women and children,” the statement said.
The joint statement by British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and his French and German counterparts Jean-Yves Le Drian and Heiko Maas, as well as John Sullivan, Acting Secretary of State of the U.S. said: “For more than seven long years there has been no let-up in the atrocities committed by the Syrian regime in flagrant violation of international law.”
“The suffering that has been inflicted on the Syrian people by the Assad regime and its backers is abhorrent,” it said, adding: “In 2013, Russia promised to ensure Syria would abandon all of its chemical weapons.”
Syria has been locked in a devastating civil war since March 2011, when the Bashar al-Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protests with unexpected ferocity.
UN officials say hundreds of thousands of people have been killed in the conflict.