April 10 2018 04:20 p
French President Emmanuel Macaron and US President Donald Trump have called on the international community to "respond firmly" to the chemical attack on the city of Douma in Syria, the Elysee Palace said Monday evening.
Macron and Trump discussed "the developments since the 7 April attack on the residents of Duma in the eastern Gauta and ongoing discussions in the UN Security Council" on the issue, the French presidency said in a statement.
This comes as President Trump announced that the chemical attack on the city of Douma under the control of the opposition in the Gaza Strip will be answered "strongly" and the decision on the nature of this response will be issued "tonight or very soon," as he put it.
"We are going to decide what we are going to do about the terrible attack that took place near Damascus, which will be answered, and we will respond strongly," Trump told reporters. "We will make a decision tonight or later. So short".
On Monday, the US and French presidents pledged "a strong and joint response" to the chemical attack on the city of Douma.
"The two leaders strongly condemned the horrific attacks on chemical weapons in Syria and agreed that the Assad regime should be held accountable for its continuing violations of human rights," a statement said following telephone talks between Trump and Macron. "They agreed to exchange information on the nature of the attacks and to coordinate a strong and joint response," the statement said.