(WASHINGTON POST) — PARIS — Secretary of State John F. Kerry said Sunday that Saudi Arabia has agreed to support a U.S.-led military “strike” in Syria, and that other Arab governments are prepared to sign a statement denouncing the use of chemical weapons in Syria and blaming it on President Bashar al-Assad.
After a three-hour session here with nine Arab foreign ministers and Arab League Secretary General Nabil Elaraby, Kerry said that “a number of countries” had agreed to the denunciation approved last week by more than half of the Group of 20 leading industrial nations on the sidelines of last week’s summit in Russia.
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As of Sept. 4, lawmakers appear to be tentatively dividing into four camps over military action in Syria.
The “G-20 side statement” as Kerry referred to it, is fast becoming the administration’s vehicle of choice for international support in verifying that the chemical attack took place, and in holding Assad responsible for the attack, as part of its effort to win congressional authorization for a U.S.-led military strike against Assad’s forces.