Some countries behind chemical attacks in Syria

TEHRAN, Dec. 01 (MNA) – During the 22nd Session of the Conference of the States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention, Iranian foreign ministry official blamed some countries for the use of chemical weapons by terrorists in Syria.

"The use of chemical weapons by terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq took place as a result of some countries’ support for those groups," said Gholamhossein Dehghani, Director-General for Political International Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, who is chairing an Iranian delegation in the 22nd Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention, underway between 27 Novermber-1 December 2017 in The Hague.

Stressing on the importance of the universality of the Chemical Weapons Convention, Dehghani urged member states and the Secretariat of the Chemical Weapons Convention to endeavor to incorporate non-members in particular the Zionist regime, has not signed any treaty despite having weapons of mass destruction.

The Iranian official hailed the efforts by Syrian government to destroy the chemical weapons in spite of the difficult times of the country and said, “the Islamic Republic of Iran helped the country {Syria} to join the {chemical weapons} convention, “adding that Syria fell victim to the terrorist’s chemical attacks several times by ISIL and other terrorist groups.

Furthermore, in the session, Director-General for Political International Affairs welcomed the completion of the destruction of chemical weapons in Russia and Libya saying "the destruction of chemical weapons reserves is the most important commitment of the Convention’s member states and we call on the United States as the largest country who has chemical weapons to speed up the process of dismantling its chemical arsenals and fulfill its obligations.”

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