Syrian govt denies use of chemical weapons

Updated: 2013-08-25 10:40


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Syria will give UN inspectors access to the site of the recent alleged chemical attack in the country, Iranian state media reported Saturday night.

Syria is working with UN inspectors presently in the country and preparing for the opportunity for them to visit the places that have been chemically attacked by terrorist groups, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem told his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif in a telephone conversation on Saturday, Iran's official IRNA news agency reported.

Al-Moallem also rejected the allegation that Syrian government used chemical weapons as a ploy used by the enemies of Syria.

On Aug. 21, Syrian opposition claimed 1,300 people were killed in a government chemical attack on militant strongholds in the Damascus suburbs of Ain Tarma, Zamalka and Jobar.

In the telephone conversation, Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif condemned the use of chemical weapons by "terrorist" groups in Syria and renewed Iran's call for peaceful solution to the Syria crisis, the report added.

More than 100,000 people have been killed in Syria since the crisis began in March 2011, according to UN statistics.