(6 Apr 2017) The Syrian foreign minister is categorically denying his government used chemical weapons in the attack this week in Idlib province or in any other attack.
Walid Moallem told reporters at a news conference in Damascus on Thursday that the Syrian army bombed a warehouse for al-Qaida's branch in Syria that contained chemical weapons, echoing the Russian defence ministry's claim.
He also said Damascus needs assurances that any fact-finding mission into the Idlib attack would be impartial and not politicised.
It would need to take off from Damascus and be far from the sphere of Turkish influence, he added.
Moallem was asked if Syria would accept an international investigation. He said that when we are sure we have convincing answers to these questions, we will give you an answer.
He also said that Syria provides the United Nations with intel about the transport of chemical weapons by terrorists between Iraq and Syria.
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