Air strikes against Syrian regime were “necessary and appropriate”: Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks during the handover of the annual expert report from the Commission of Experts for Research and Innovation in Berlin, Feb. 17, 2016. Rainer Jensen—dpa/Corbis

Vastavam web: German Chancellor Angela Merkel said today the air strikes against the Syrian regime were “necessary and appropriate” after the suspected chemical weapons attacks that killed dozens in Douma.”We support the fact that our US, British and French allies … assumed their responsibilities. The military intervention was necessary and appropriate,” Merkel said in a statement.The chancellor on Thursday had ruled out Germany joining any military action against Syria.

Today she said it appeared likely that the Syrian regime “had used chemical weapons against its own people on several occasions in the past”.Merkel added: “A century after the end of World War I we must fight against the erosion of the (international) convention on chemical weapons”.