Wednesday, September 18, 2019 01:19

Iran backs proposal for monitoring of Syrian chemical weapons

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Marzieh Afkham

Iran has endorsed Russia’s proposal for the international monitoring of Syria’s chemical weapons.

Marzieh Afkham, spokesperson for Iran’s Foreign Ministry, told reporters on September 10: “We welcome the Russian initiative to end the current crisis and regard it as a framework to halt militarism in the region.”

Afkham stressed that Iran has always called for the region to be free of chemical weapons, adding that the Islamic Republic has always been concerned about chemical weapons falling into terrorist hands.

Iran has supported the Syrian government throughout the 30 months of conflict there and claims “terrorists” are fomenting the unrest.

Afkham stressed that Iran is against “any form of violence, terrorism or extremism in the region.”

Syrian foreign minister Walid Muallem has announced that Syria is willing to allow inspection of its chemical weapons by the UN and sign chemical weapons ban treaty.