British PM says understands, supports Obama position on Syria

August 31, 2013 22:07

LONDON - British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Saturday he supported Barack Obama's position on Syria after the US president said he would seek a congressional vote for military action in response to a deadly chemical weapons attack.

Cameron's plans for Britain join a potential military strike were thwarted on Thursday night when parliament narrowly voted against a government motion to authorize such action in principle.

In a statement from the White House Rose Garden, Obama said he had authorized the use of military force to punish Syria for the weapons attack Aug. 21 that US officials say killed 1,429 people. Military assets to carry out a strike are in place and ready to move on his order, he said

However he backed away from an imminent strike to seek the approval of the US Congress, in a decision that likely delays US action for at least 10 days.

"I understand and support Barack Obama's position on Syria," Cameron said on his official Twitter feed.

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