Algerian Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra has reacted to a recent US missile strike on a Syrian airbase, saying Syria’s territorial sovereignty must be respected.
Lamamra on Friday urged “respect for the international legality and the sovereignty of the Syrian state.”
“The use of violence will just complicate the situation in this country and torpedo diplomatic efforts,” he said, adding that the Syrian conflict had to be resolved politically.
The remarks came a week after the US military launched a barrage of 59 Tomahawk missiles against Shayrat airfield in Syria’s Homs Province.
The US claimed that the airbase had been used to carry out a chemical attack on the town of Khan Shaykhun in Syria’s Idlib Province on April 4.
Damascus, however, has denied using chemical weapons, saying the casualties were caused when it attacked a depot where militants stored chemical weapons.
The Syrian government gave up its entire arsenal of chemical weapons voluntarily under a deal in 2013. The deal was between the US and Russia, with Washington verifying that Damascus has met its end of the agreement.
Syria has been grappling with foreign-backed militancy since 2011. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has repeatedly accused Washington and its regional allies of arming and funding different militant groups including ISIS.