Kevin Rudd halts his campaign to focus on Syria situation
PRIME Minister Kevin Rudd will divert his campaign to Canberra to receive briefings on the situation in Syria, amid reports the United States is preparing for potential military action on Syria in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack.
Mr Rudd had been scheduled to return to Brisbane but changed his plans following conversations this morning with the US ambassador to Australia and the secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.
"As a result of those discussions ... later today I will go to Canberra and be briefed by our national security officials on unfolding developments and work with officials on any possible and appropriate Australian response, depending on the nature of the brief concerned," he said.
"We are still establishing the facts. We have, together with the US, grave concerns as to what has occurred here.
"But [we need to] establish all facts first in a calm and considered way respond as appropriate."
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