Australia offers support for US strike in Syria
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Australia offers support for US strike in Syria

Canberra prepared to give moral backing, New Zealand says it wants more details on just what Washington has in mind

US fighter jets flying in formation. (photo credit: Seaman Andrew Skipworth/US Navy, Department of Defense)
US fighter jets flying in formation. (photo credit: Seaman Andrew Skipworth/US Navy, Department of Defense)

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Australia offered moral support for a US military strike in Syria while New Zealand said Monday it needs more information after US Secretary of State John Kerry personally called each country’s foreign minister.

Kerry has been trying to secure at least some international support for a potential US strike after accusing the Syrian government of launching a chemical weapons attack.

Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr’s spokesman Patrick Low said Monday that Kerry called last week and that Australia supports the US taking action. He said Kerry didn’t ask for military assistance and Australia didn’t offer it.

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key said Kerry called Foreign Minister Murray McCully over the weekend and that New Zealand wants to assess all steps taken ahead of a strike before stating its position.

The US doesn’t have widespread support internationally for military action. So far, only France has indicated it would join a US strike. The Parliament of key ally Britain last week rejected a vote endorsing military action.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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