TEHRAN (defapress) – An international chemical weapons delegation will visit Syria in the coming days and Damascus will facilitate its mission to uncover who used chemical weapons in the country earlier this year, a Syrian official said.
News ID: 65583
Publish Date: 14August 2017 - 14:28
Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad said Saturday the
delegation of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and UN
Joint Investigative Mechanism is scheduled to arrive in Syria within 10 days.
In an interview with the Associated Press released Monday
Mekdad reiterated his government’s denial of being behind the April 4 attack in
the northwestern town of Khan Sheikhoun that killed nearly 100 people.
The United States blamed the Syrian military for the attack
while it has no proof of the Syrian involvement in the assault.
"We will offer it all facilitation needed for the
investigation and to help it arrive to the place where the alleged chemical
attack took place,” Mekdad said, adding that a delegation that came to Syria
earlier this year did not visit Khan Sheikhoun citing security concerns. He
added that the delegation also did not visit the Shayrat air base either.
It is not likely that the delegation will be able to visit
Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib province, which has witnessed clashes recently between
"We will ask them to go to Shayrat air base and by that
Syria would have given proof that it has no relations to the use of poison
gas,” Mekdad said in the interview at his office in Damascus.
Mekdad showed the AP images including one of a crater filled
with cement, saying it was the place of the chemical attack in Khan Sheikhoun.
He said the rebels were behind the April attack.