DAMASCUS, Aug. 25 (Xinhua) -- Syria's Foreign Ministry said Sunday it had reached an agreement with the UN, allowing the UN chemical investigation team to enter the eastern al-Ghouta countryside of the capital Damascus to probe the alleged use of chemical weapons there.
The move came a day after the arrival of the UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, Angela Kane, who flew in to press for expanding the mission of the UN chemical weapon investigation team.
UN chief Ban Ki-moon has called on the Syrian government to allow the UN inspectors, who are already in Syria, to have access to the eastern al-Ghouta countryside, where the rebels accused the government of releasing sarin gas recently.
Damascus, for its part, denied any involvement and turned the table against the opposition, saying the incident only plays in the hand of the rebels to draw in their long-dreamed foreign intervention in Syria.
The UN inspection team is in Syria to investigate previous claims of chemical weapons used in the northern Khan al-Assal town and two other undisclosed locations.
The team arrived upon the call of the Syrian government, whose leaders have accused the Western-backed rebels of using chemical substances in attacking pro-government areas in Khan al-Assal.
DAMASCUS, Aug. 24 (Xinhua) -- Syria on Saturday told Iran that it will give UN inspectors access to the site of the recent alleged chemical attack near Damascus, while the U.S. administration discussed options for military intervention in the Middle East country.
Syria is preparing for the opportunity for UN inspectors to visit the places that have been chemically attacked by terrorist groups, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem told his Iranian counterpart Mohammed Javad Zarif in a phone conversation, according to Iran's official IRNA news agency. Full story
WASHINGTON, Aug. 24 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama convened a meeting of his national security team on Saturday to review options of responding to the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria.
Obama and his military and security aides met at the White House to assess the latest intelligence concerning the alleged chemical attack by Syrian government troops last Wednesday, and discuss the options of a U.S. response, the White House said in a statement. Full story
ISTANBUL, Aug. 24 (Xinhua) -- The Western-backed Syrian National Coalition (SNC), the main opposition umbrella group in exile, called upon Saturday the West and Arabic countries to intervene to stop the bloodshed in Syria.
Ahmad Al-Jarba, the president of the SNC, said "We ask U.S. President Barack Obama and the leaders of other Western countries and Arab world to be responsible at personal level and intervene to stop the 'massacre' in Syria." Full story