Saudi Arabia Backs U.S. Strikes If Syrian People Do

CAIRO (Reuters) -
The flag and empty chair of the Syrian delegate is seen during the Arab foreign ministers’ meeting to discuss the Syrian crisis and the potential military strike on President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, at the Arab League headquarters in Cairo, Sunday.  (REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)
The flag and empty chair of the Syrian delegate is seen during the Arab foreign ministers’ meeting to discuss the Syrian crisis and the potential military strike on President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, at the Arab League headquarters in Cairo, Sunday. (REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)

Saudi Arabia said on Sunday it was time for the world to do everything it could to prevent aggression against the Syrian people, and that it would back a U.S. strike on Syria if the Syrian people did.

“We call upon the international community with all its power to stop this aggression against the Syrian people,” Faisal said in Cairo, where he was attending a meeting of Arab League foreign ministers to discuss Syria.

On the prospect of a U.S. strike, he said: “We stand by the will of the Syrian people. They know best their interests, so whatever they accept, we accept, and whatever they refuse, we refuse.”

The Arab League called Sunday for the United Nations Security Council “to assume its responsibility and take all the deterrent and needed measures against this crime and all crimes of genocide” in Syria, Arab League Secretary General Nabil el-Araby said.