VILNIUS, Sept, 7 (Xinhua) -- Germany became the fifth European Union member to sign a statement adopted at the G20 summit in Saint Petersburg, calling for "a strong response" to alleged chemical weapons attack by Syrian government, Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said on Saturday.
"After we saw this excellent and very wise position of the European Union, the (German) Chancellor (Angela Merkel) and myself decided we support the G20 statement," said Westerwelle.
Germany signed on to the statement a day after opting not to do so at the G20 summit. Ten other countries, including the United States, Britain, France, Italy and Spain signed the statement.
According to Westerwelle, Germany changed its stance after EU nations struck a joint policy during a meeting of foreign ministers here in the Lithuanian capital.