Iran’s deputy FM: US-Russia deal leaves no pretext for attacking Syria

TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior Iranian diplomat underlined that the US should stop its war rhetoric against Syria after reaching a deal with Russia on inspecting the Syrian chemical weapons and their gradual destruction.

On Saturday, US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov reached an agreement on a framework for Syria to verify that it is eliminating all its chemical weapons.

“Given the new circumstances in Syria, the US and certain sides have lost the pretext for military action against the (Muslim) country,” Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian said on Sunday.

“Currently, the ball is in the court of the other side and they need to take confidence-building measures toward Syrians,” he added, calling for measures to stop the flow of foreign militants and terrorists into Syria.

On September 9, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Al-Muallem said Damascus welcomed a proposal made by Russia to put its chemical weapons stockpile under international control.

The Russia’s plan was aimed at averting a US military strike in retaliation for an alleged chemical weapons attack last month in the suburbs of Damascus which the White House blames on the Syrian government.

The US, Israel and France have adopted the rhetoric of war against Syria over allegations that the Syrian government was behind a recent chemical attack near Damascus.

The call for military strike intensified after the militants operating inside Syria and the foreign-backed Syrian opposition claimed on August 21 that hundreds had been killed in a government chemical attack on militant strongholds in the Damascus suburbs of Ain Tarma, Zamalka and Jobar. The Syrian government has strongly denied the claim, accusing the militants of the attack.

By Fars News Agency


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