Harper, Obama talk on phone about Syria
Prime Minister Stephen Harper and U.S. President Barack Obama discussed on Tuesday the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria.
Harper's office says the prime minister agreed with the assessment that the Syrian regime used chemical weapons against its own people, and called it an outrage.
"Both leaders agreed that significant use of chemical weapons merits a firm response from the international community in an effective and timely manner," said Andrew MacDougall, a spokesman for Harper.
The Obama administration said the two men pledged to continue to consult closely on potential responses by the international community.
The United Nations is investigating whether chemical weapons were dropped on a Damascus neighbourhood last week, while Washington says it has its own intelligence confirming the use.
"Both leaders noted efforts by the Syrian regime to delay the work of the UN chemical inspection team, suggesting the regime is attempting to obscure evidence of its actions," MacDougall said.
The potential for military action appears more probable by the day, with western leaders upping their rhetoric against the Syrian regime and moving military resources closer to Syria.
The British Parliament will hold an emergency meeting Thursday to vote on a potential response to the chemical attack. French President Francois Hollande has said his country is ready to punish those who used deadly gas against civilians.
The Arab League has also blamed the Syrian regime for the chemical attack.