Berlin (Germany) (AFP) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Saturday the air strikes against the Syrian regime were "necessary and appropriate" after the suspected chemical weapons attacks that killed dozens in Douma.
"We support the fact that our US, British and French allies ... assumed their responsibilities. The military intervention was necessary and appropriate," Merkel said in a statement.
"Everything leads us to believe that (Assad) bears responsibility" for the Douma attack, Merkel said.
The chancellor on Thursday had ruled out Germany joining any military action against Syria.
On Saturday she said it appeared likely that the Syrian regime "had used chemical weapons against its own people on several occasions in the past".
Merkel added: "A century after the end of World War I... we must fight against the erosion of the (international) convention on chemical weapons".
"Germany will undertake, in a determined way, diplomatic efforts to support this," Merkel said.
Foreign minister Heiko Maas said the military intervention "helped make it more difficult" for Damascus to use chemical weapons again.
But he insisted "only a political solution can bring lasting peace", saying Germany will work with France to establish a group of "influential countries" to give fresh impetus to the political process.
"Whether we like it or not, the political process (in Syria) will not succeed without Russia," he insisted, saying that Moscow should adopt a "constructive attitude".