Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal
attends the opening of an Arab foreign ministers emergency
meeting in Cairo to discuss the Syrian crisis. REUTERS/Amr
Saudi Arabia has told fellow Arab League states that
opposing international intervention against the Syrian
government would only encourage Damascus to use weapons of mass
The United States had seemed to be gearing up for a strike
against President Bashar al-Assad's forces over an Aug. 21
poison gas attack, but is now seeking Congressional approval
Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal told foreign ministers
meeting in Cairo that condemnation of Syria over the poison
gas attack, which U.S. officials say killed 1,429 people, was
not enough. He said opposing international action on the
grounds that it was "foreign intervention" was no longer
"Any opposition to any international action would only
encourage Damascus to move forward with committing its crimes
and using all weapons of mass destruction," said Faisal.
"The time has come to call on the world community to bear its
responsibility and take the deterrent measure that puts a
halt to the tragedy."
President Barack Obama's decision to delay military action
against Syria to seek Congressional support could delay a
strike by at least 10 days, if it comes at all.
The Arab League meeting highlighted divisions between Saudi
Arabia and Egypt over how to approach the Syrian crisis.
Egypt said it was opposed to foreign military intervention in