Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman told reporters Tuesday that if necessary, his country will join other allies in a response to the chemical attack on the Eastern Ghouta town of Douma in Syria this past Saturday.
Speaking at a joint news conference with French President Emmanuel Macron at the end of a three-day visit to Paris, the Crown Prince said, “If our alliance with our partners requires it, we will be present.”
At least 60 people were killed and more than 1,000 others were injured in the horrific attack, including many women and children.
U.S. President Donald Trump canceled his first official trip to Latin America this weekend in order to “oversee the American response to Syria,” the White House told reporters on Tuesday.
The United Nations Security Council has scheduled a vote for later in the day on Tuesday on two draft resolutions on the chemical attack in Syria by the United States and Russia. The resolution by the United States requires a investigative panel that would determine who was to blame for the chemical attacks that have taken place.
Meanwhile, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has said it will send a team to Syria “shortly.” The move follows statements by Russia and Syria who both said they wanted to facilitate a visit by inspectors. Both deny involvement in any chemical attack, despite clear evidence of a sarin gas attack on the town.