While Russia and Iran may be up in arms over Thursday’s tomahawk missile strike on an airbase in Syria, virtually all of the U.S.’s traditional allies have lines up to support the action.
Here’s a list of nations that have signaled their support for U.S. military action.
“This was a calibrated, proportionate and targeted response,” Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told reporters. “The use of these (chemical) weapons under any circumstance is illegal and abhorrent. It is a violation of international law. It is a war crime. It is a blatant contravention of basic principles of humanity.”
The United Kingdom
“The U.K. government fully supports the U.S. action, which we believe was an appropriate response to the barbaric chemical weapons attack launched by the Syrian regime, and is intended to deter further attacks,” Prime Minster Theresa May said through a spokesperson.
“[I] emphasized that Canada agrees that Assad’s repeated use of chemical weapons must not continue. In the face of such heinous war crimes, all civilized people must speak with one voice,” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told MPs. “That is why Canada fully supports the United States’ limited, focused action to degrade the Assad regime’s ability to launch such attacks. We continue to support diplomatic efforts with our international partners to resolve the crisis in Syria.”
France & Germany
“After the chemical weapons massacre of April 4th on Khan Sheikhun in northwestern Syria, a military installation of the Syrian regime was destroyed by a US air strike last night,” French President Francois Hollande and Prime Minister Merkel said in a joint statement. “President Assad bears sole responsibility for this development.”
“President Trump sent a strong and clear message today that the use and spread of chemical weapons will not be tolerated,” said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “Israel fully supports President Trump’s decision and hopes that this message of resolve in the face of the Assad regime’s horrific actions will resonate not only in Damascus, but in Tehran, Pyongyang and elsewhere.”
“Italy understands the reasons for the U.S. military action,” Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano said in a statement, adding that the strike was “a commensurate response … and a signal of deterrence against the risks of further use of chemical weapons by Assad.”
“Japan supports the U.S. government’s determination to prevent the spread and use of chemical weapons,” said Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
“Jordan considers this a necessary and appropriate response to the continued targeting of civilians,” government spokesman Mohammed al-Momeni said, quoted by state news agency Petra.
“In the absence of an adequate response from the United Nations Security Council, we can understand why the United States has taken targeted unilateral action to try and prevent further such attacks by the Syrian regime, ” said New Zealand Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully
“The United States for sure are a guarantor of world peace and order. And there are situations when you need to react, situations when you need to take actual action,” spokesman Rafal Bochenek told state television TVP Info. “We have seen the abuses of the Syrian regime over the last years – no one had reacted to that.”
“The official source places the responsibility for these military operations squarely on the Syrian regime,” the Saudi embassy in Washington said in a statement. “The source praised this courageous decision by U.S. President Donald Trump to respond to the regime’s crimes against its people in light of the failure of the international community to stop the regime from brutalizing its people.”
“The Spanish government considers that the action taken by the United States in recent hours against a military base in Syria is a measured and proportionate response to the use of chemical weapons against the civil population of the country by the Syrian army,” said the Spanish government statement.
“What happened in Idlib on Tuesday proved again that the bloody Assad regime show complete disregard for the prospect of a political transition and efforts to enforce the ceasefire,” read a statement by Ibrahim Kalin, a spokesman for Turkey’s President Erdogan.
“The destruction of Sharyat airbase marks an important step to ensure that chemical and conventional attacks against the civilian population do not go unpunished.”
United Arab Emirites
“The attack on the civilians is a continuation of the heinous crimes committed by the regime against the Syrian people. It is a blatant violation of international and humanitarian conventions,” said foreign affairs minister, Anwar Gargash.