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Nikki Haley: Countries Who Wish to Defend Assad Will Do So ‘In Full Public View’

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United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley released a statement Friday addressing Bolivia's request for a closed door emergency session of the U.N. Security Council to discuss the events in Syria. Haley decided the meeting would be held "in the open."

"This morning, Bolivia requested an emergency UN Security Council meeting to discuss the events in Syria. It asked for the discussion to be held in closed session," the statement begins, before stating the session would be held in the open.

"The United States, as president of the Council this month, decided the session would be held in the open," Haley's comments continue. "Any country that chooses to defend the atrocities of the Syrian regime will have to do so in full public view, for all the world to hear."

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime allegedly used chemical weapons against Syrian civilians on Tuesday, leading to at least 100 deaths. In response, the United States launched a targeted strike late Thursday night on a Syrian airfield that is believed to be the source of the chemical attack.