The United States still seeks to form an international coalition to act against Syria despite Britain's parliament rejecting military intervention, US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel said Friday, dpa reported.
"It is the goal of President Obama and our government that whatever decision is taken, that it be an international collaboration and effort," he said in Manila, the last leg of his four-nation South-East Asian trip.
Britain's parliament late Thursday voted narrowly against a government motion to support military intervention in Syria, as the US mulls its response to last week's reports of chemical attacks on rebels by the Syrian government.
"Our approach is to continue to find an international coalition that will act together," Hagel said.
"And I think you're seeing a number of countries state, publicly state, their position on the use of chemical weapons."
Hagel said the US was continuing to consult with Britain, including on "ways forward together on a response to this chemical weapons attack in Syria."
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