Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday that Canada “fully supports the United States’ limited and focused action” in Syria, after an American missile attack on the country in retaliation for this week’s chemical weapons attack which killed at least 80 people.
The U.S. fired almost 60 missiles from two warships on Thursday evening against a government-controlled air base in central Syria.
A spokesperson for National Defence in Ottawa said that Canadian Forces personnel were not involved in the missile strike.
The statement added that Canadian operations in the region remain unchanged.
Global Affairs issued a corresponding statement saying Canada “continues to condemn in the strongest of terms chemical weapons attacks against Syrian civilians” and that Canadian officials have “been in touch” with their U.S. counterparts.
The statement added that Canada supports efforts “to stop these atrocities.”
Trudeau issued a statement early Friday morning:
“Canada fully supports the United States’ limited and focused action to degrade the Assad regime’s ability to launch chemical weapons attacks against innocent civilians, including many children. President Assad’s use of chemical weapons and the crimes the Syrian regime has committed against its own people cannot be ignored. These gruesome attacks cannot be permitted to continue operating with impunity.
“This week’s attack in southern Idlib and the suffering of Syrians is a war crime and is unacceptable. Canada condemns all uses of chemical weapons.
“Canada will continue to support diplomatic efforts to resolve the crisis in Syria.”
On Thursday, after a day of meetings in New York, Trudeau said Canada strongly condemns the “heinous” chemical weapons attacks against civilians, including children.
Trudeau also promised Canada would be involved in the United Nations process to investigate and punish the perpetrators of the chemical attack, but offered little hint about Canada’s role in any effort to remove Syrian strongman Bashar Assad.