08/24/2013 03:23 EDT | Updated 10/24/2013 05:12 EDT

Syria Chemical Weapons A Major Topic Between Stephen Harper, French And British Leaders

TORONTO - Reports of chemical weapons being used in Syria have been a major topic of discussion between Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the leaders of France and Britain.

Harper had separate phone conversations Saturday with British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Francois Hollande.

Officials in the Prime Minister's Office say the three leaders shared their concern about the accusations that the government of President Bashar Assad used chemical weapons on civilians.

The Syrian government has denied using chemical weapons and has pointed the finger at rebel forces.

Harper's aides say the leaders expressed a desire to get a clear picture of what happened as soon as possible.

The G20 summit in Russia next month was also discussed in both phone calls, according to the PMO.

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