DAMASCUS, Aug. 29 (Xinhua) -- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said Thursday his country would defend itself against any foreign aggression, stressing determination to "eliminate terrorism" in the war-weary country.
According to state-run SANA news agency, Assad made the remarks during a meeting with pro-Syria Yemeni parties' leaders and lawmakers.
The threats of military action on Syria would only make the country more adherent to its rooted bases and independent decision, Assad said.
He also expressed determination to eliminate terrorism "that is supported by Israel and other Western countries to serve their interests in fragmenting the region and subduing its people."
His remarks come as the United States and its allies have been mulling imminent military action against Syria, following baseless accusations by the rebels that the Damascus government was responsible for a nerve agent attack near the capital last week.
Syria totally rubbished the claims and accused Washington of seeking to frame Syria to justify military action.
UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 28 (Xinhua) -- The government of Syria on Wednesday asked the world body to investigate three alleged chemical attacks carried out by rebels in the Damascus suburbs last week, a Syrian envoy told reporters here.
"I have just addressed on behalf of my government a letter to both the secretary-general of the United Nations as well as to the president of the Security Council," said Bashar Ja'afari, Syria's permanent representative to the UN.Full story
UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 28 (Xinhua) -- UN inspectors visited several locations in the suburbs of the Syrian capital in their second-day on-site probe into the latest alleged use of chemical weapons in Damascus, and have not asked for an extension of the 14- day mandate, a UN spokesperson said on Wednesday.
"Today, the chemical weapons investigation team was able to visit several locations in the suburbs of Damascus, including impact sites, where it collected additional information and samples," UN spokesman Farhan Haq said at a news briefing.Full story
LONDON, Aug. 28 (Xinhua) -- A British government motion published on Wednesday suggests the country may not take military action against Syria until the United Nations completes its investigation on the alleged chemical weapons attack.
The motion, agreed by senior British officials attending the National Security Council meeting, said that "every effort should be made to secure a Security Council Resolution backing military action before any such action is taken."Full story