New Delhi, Apr 15: Reacting to the coordinated airstrikes in Syria, by the US, UK and France, the Ministry of External Affairs on Saturday called for an impartial probe into Syrian President Bashar al-Assad‘s use of chemical weapons which had left more than 40 people dead in Damascus. Calling the act deplorable, the MEA, in a statement said, “We call for an impartial and objective investigation by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to establish the facts.”

The ministry further added that the matter should be solved through dialogue and negotiations. “The alleged use of chemical weapons, if true, is deplorable. We urge all parties to show restraint and to avoid any further escalation in the situation. The matter should be resolved through dialogue and negotiations and on the basis of the principles of the UN Charter and in accordance with the international law,” it said.

US President Donald Trump on Saturday launched airstrikes at Syria in a combine operation with France and UK to deter President Assad from using chemical weapons on its civilians in Damascus. The US and its allies fired over 100 missiles at Syrian military camps and its civilians in Damascus and surrounding areas. A significant number of which were shot down by the Syrian forces. “More than 100 cruise missiles and air-to-land missiles were fired by the US, Britain and France from the sea and air at Syrian military and civilian targets,” the ministry said in a statement quoted by RIA Novosti news agency.

Following the airstrikes at Syria, President Donald Trump on Saturday tweeted that the mission has been “accomplished”. “A perfectly executed strike last night. Thank you to France and the United Kingdom for their wisdom and the power of their fine Military. Could not have had a better result. Mission Accomplished. So proud of our great Military which will soon be, after the spending of billions of fully approved dollars, the finest that our Country has ever had. There won’t be anything, or anyone, even close,” he posted on Twitter.

Justifying the airstrikes, French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said that when it is about the use of chemical weapons, there is a red line that must not be crossed. “…and if it should be crossed again, there will be another intervention,” he said. He added that President Assad was responsible for a chemical attack in Douma which had claimed 40 lives.