Ambassador Haley Addresses Emergency UN Security Council Meeting on Syria

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Ambassador Haley Addresses Emergency UN Security Council Meeting on Syria

Today, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley delivered remarks during an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council on military strikes in response to Syria's chemical weapons use.

Ambassador Haley said, "This is our fifth Security Council meeting in the past week to address the situation in Syria. A week has gone by in which we have talked. We’ve talked about the victims in Douma. We’ve talked about the Assad regime and its patrons, Russia and Iran. We’ve spent a week talking about the unique horror of chemical weapons. The time for talk ended last night."

Ambassador Haley continued, "We’re here today because three permanent members of the United Nations Security Council acted. The United Kingdom, France, and the United States acted – not as revenge, not as punishment, not as a symbolic show of force. We acted to deter the future use of chemical weapons by holding the Syrian regime responsible for its atrocities against humanity."

In 2013, the United Nations Security Council passed a resolution that required the Assad regime to destroy its stockpile of chemical weapons. Syria has also committed to abide by the Chemical Weapons Convention.

Ambassador Haley emphasized, "With yesterday’s military action, our message was crystal clear. The United States of America will not allow the Assad regime to continue to use chemical weapons."

Read Ambassador Haley's full remarks here and follow @USUN on Twitter for updates from the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in New York.

For more information:

Statement by President Donald J. Trump on Syria

Statement by Secretary James N. Mattis on Syria

United States Assessment of the Assad Regime’s Chemical Weapons Use

United States, Allies Strike Syrian Regime's Chemical Weapons Capabilities