Spokeswoman: Iran welcomes Syria’s joining OPCW

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham welcomed the Russian plan for the removal of Syria’s chemical weapons, and said the relevant Russia-US deal will help find a political solution to the Syrian crisis.

“The membership of Syria in the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) takes place within the framework of Russia’s initiative which pursues preventing outbreak of a new war in the region,” Afkham told reporters on Sunday.

Earlier today, Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian 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.

“Given the new circumstances in Syria, the US and certain sides have lost the pretext for military action against the (Muslim) country,” Amir Abdollahian said.

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

As a first step, Damascus would join the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, Russia’s Kommersant said on Thursday, quoting a Russian diplomatic source.

Then Syria would have to declare the location of the chemical weapons arsenals and where they are made. The third step would be allowing OPCW inspectors into Syria to examine them.

The final step would be deciding, in cooperation with the inspectors, how to destroy the weapons.

By Fars News Agency


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