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Kerry says Saudi Arabia has agreed to support military strike against Syria

  • Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al Faisal, left, talks with Qatar Foreign Minister Khalid Al Attiya, right, following their meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and members of the Arab Peace Initiative at the United States Embassy in Paris, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, Pool)

    Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al Faisal, left, talks with Qatar Foreign Minister Khalid Al Attiya, right, following their meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and members of the Arab Peace Initiative at the United States Embassy in Paris, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, Pool)

  • Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al Faisal, left, talks with Qatar Foreign Minister Khalid Al Attiya, right, following their meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and members of the Arab Peace Initiative at the United States Embassy in Paris, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, Pool)

    Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al Faisal, left, talks with Qatar Foreign Minister Khalid Al Attiya, right, following their meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and members of the Arab Peace Initiative at the United States Embassy in Paris, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, Pool)

  • Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al Faisal, left, talks with Qatar Foreign Minister Khalid Al Attiya, right, following their meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and members of the Arab Peace Initiative at the United States Embassy in Paris, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, Pool)
  • Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al Faisal, left, talks with Qatar Foreign Minister Khalid Al Attiya, right, following their meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and members of the Arab Peace Initiative at the United States Embassy in Paris, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, Pool)

The Obama administration picked up new international endorsements yesterday for a military strike against Syria as Syrian President Bashar Assad denied his government had used chemical weapons and warned the American people not to get involved in another Middle Eastern war.

After a meeting in Paris with Arab foreign ministers, Secretary of State John Kerry said Saudi Arabia backed “the strike” that President Obama is weighing to punish Syria for the August chemical attack he has said left more than 1,400 dead. Qatar’s foreign minister, Khalid bin Mohammad al-Attiyah, speaking at a news conference with Kerry, called for foreign intervention “to protect the Syrian people.”

Qatar also agreed to join a statement, signed by 11 U.S. allies who attended last week’s Group of 20 summit in Russia, condemning the use of chemical weapons, holding Assad responsible for what they called a “horrific” chemical attack on Aug. 21 outside Damascus and calling for a “strong international response.”

The initial signatories were Australia, Canada, France, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Turkey, Britain and Germany, which signed the day after the statement’s Friday release by the White House.

The statement was shepherded by the administration after the G-20 failed to agree on a common position. The G-20 nations that did not sign included Brazil, India and Indonesia, along with China and Russia, Assad’s principal arms supplier.

The statement has become the administration’s vehicle of choice to demonstrate shared international outrage as Obama fights an uphill battle for congressional authorization of the use of force against Assad. Kerry said other Arab countries had also agreed to sign it and would “make their own announcements in the next 24 hours.”

On Saturday, the 28-member European Union unanimously agreed to a similar statement. But neither document mentioned support for a military strike, and the E.U. said there should be no action against Syria until U.N. investigators who visited the site of the chemical attack issue their report later this month. The administration has said the U.N. report is irrelevant because U.S. intelligence has confirmed the attack and much of the world agrees.

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