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Germany will not join potential strike against Syria: Merkel

IANS  |  Berlin 

German and has said will not join a potential US-led military strike against

"will not participate in a potential -- and I must emphasize that no decision has been made so far -- military intervention," Merkel told the media on Thursday, reported.

Merkel also stressed, however, that the use of was always "unacceptable".

said it would consequently direct its towards non-violent means of preventing the use of further in Syria, for example by supporting the activities of the Security Council and the (OPCW).

US had earlier threatened military action against the Syrian which he blamed for the

Activists, local rescuers, and rebels in claim that Syrian forces used on Saturday in an attack in Douma, a rebel-held area near capital

The has denied the accusation, calling rebels' claims "premeditated pretexts".

German media reported on Thursday that US and Russian security officials were holding urgent high-level talks to prevent a direct confrontation of the two countries in

Norbert Roettgen, the CDU/CSU parliamentary foreign policy spokesperson, subsequently cautioned against an excessively hasty reaction on Thursday.

He expressed the view that neither the US nor had any interest in becoming embroiled in a military conflict against each other in Syria.

Nevertheless, the situation remained "dangerous" due to its complex nature and the large number of actors involved.

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First Published: Fri, April 13 2018. 07:22 IST
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