Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Donald Trump and Theresa May see 'window of opportunity' to solve Syria crisis in crunch phone call

Donald Trump and Theresa May have agreed there is a "window of opportunity" to solve the Syria crisis, Downing Street said tonight, by persuading Vladimir Putin to drop his backing for Bashar Al-Assad.
The pair are thought to have spoken for more than 20 minutes over the phone during the Prime Minister's walking holiday in Snowdonia.
Despite her Easter break  Mrs May is being kept updated after 87 Syrians were killed in a chemical weapons attack widely blamed on President Assad's regime.
US President Donald Trump retaliated by authorising a strike on Syria last week.
In tonight's phone call the President thanked Mrs May for backing the strike, Downing Street said - though she stopped short of condoning future action.
A No10 spokesman added: "The Prime Minister and the President agreed that a window of opportunity now exists in which to persuade Russia that its alliance with Assad is no longer in its strategic interest."
Mr Johnson told reporters today: "If I think about the position of Vladimir Putin now, he's toxifying the reputation of Russia by his continual association with a guy who has flagrantly poisoned his own people.
"What we are trying to do is give Rex Tillerson the clearest possible mandate... to say to the Russians this is your choice - stick with that guy, stick with that tyrant, or work with us to find a better solution."
Tonight the President's son Eric Trump told the Telegraph: "If [Russia] disrespect us, and if they cross us, fine. There will be no one harder - he has got more backbone than anybody.
"He is not a guy who gets intimidated. I can tell you he is tough and he won't be pushed around."
The White House tonight warned Donald Trump could launch further strikes in Syria.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said: “When you watch babies and children being gassed and suffer under barrel bombs, you are instantaneously moved to action.
“I think this President’s made it very clear that if those actions were to continue, further action will definitely be considered by the United States."
Mr Tillerson will touch down in Moscow after talks by G7 foreign ministers in Italy.
President Trump and Mrs May agreed his trip would be used to push for a “lasting political settlement”, Downing Street said.
Source: mirror.co.uk

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