April 4 marks the one year anniversary of the sarin chemical attack in Khan Shaykhun, Syria. In a statement, the United States marked the occasion by remembering the victims and calling for accountability for those behind the attack, and by renewing its calls to end the use of chemical weapons around the world.
One year ago today, the #Assad regime launched a horrific nerve agent attack against its own citizens in Khan Shaykhun, #Syria. We condemn in the strongest possible terms the use of #ChemicalWeapons & pledge our continued commitment to ensure accountability for those responsible. pic.twitter.com/CE4ZrZ0h0S— Heather Nauert (@statedeptspox) April 4, 2018
At a meeting of the UN Security Council, U.S. Ambassador to United Nations Nikki Haley also made remarks on chemical weapons in Syria.
"On April 4, 2017, the people of Khan Sheikhoun suffered an unspeakable tragedy. On this, April 4, 2018, let us reflect on this tragedy. Let us remember what Dr. Morad witnessed. And let us use this meeting as the start of a renewed partnership and a renewed commitment to put an end to the use of chemical weapons in Syria. We have done it before.
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. Not just to protect the Syrian people, but to protect us all."
- U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley
.@USUN Amb. Haley: We must not stop working to rid this world of chemical weapons & holding account anyone who uses them. The US refuses to believe that we cannot come together once again to stop chemical weapons -- not just to protect the people of #Syria, but to protect us all. pic.twitter.com/bKmEkrwB77— Department of State (@StateDept) April 4, 2018
Acting Secretary of State John Sullivan also joined his counterparts from the United Kingdom, France and Germany to issue a joint statement on the anniversary.
"Each time a chemical weapon is used, it undermines the global consensus against their employment. Any such use is a clear violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention and gravely undermines the rules-based international order.
We condemn the use of chemical weapons by anyone, anywhere. We are committed to ensuring that all those responsible use are held to account. We will not rest in our efforts to seek justice for the victims of these abhorrent attacks in Syria."
- Joint Statement by UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, and U.S. Acting Secretary John Sullivan
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders also issued a statement on the anniversary.
"The women, children, and men who died at the hands of the Assad regime on April 4, 2017, deserve justice and we will not rest until the regime is held accountable. We expect all parties involved to live up to their promise in 2013 and to ensure that the Assad regime stops its senseless use of chemical weapons against the Syrian people."
- White House Press Secretary Sanders
Additional information on Syria:
- The White House: Statement by the Press Secretary on Syria
- U.S. Mission to the United Nations: Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Humanitarian Situation in Syria
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