Chem­i­cal weapons? Never, says As­sad

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MOSCOW: Syr­ian Pres­i­dent Bashar al-As­sad says ac­cu­sa­tions of use of chem­i­cal weapons by the Syr­ian gov­ern­ment are ridicu­lous, adding that such use runs con­trary to the in­ter­ests of Da­m­as­cus, said a mem­ber of a del­e­ga­tion of French law­mak­ers that had talks with him.

“When asked about the use of chem­i­cal weapons, As­sad replied that it was ridicu­lous to as­sume he would be us­ing gas against his peo­ple, as the Syr­ian gov­ern­ment in the past had taken a de­ci­sion to get rid of it with UN help.

“He said it is not of in­ter­est of the Syr­ian gov­ern­ment to use it, be­cause it could help rad­i­calise more peo­ple against him,” Ni­co­las Dhuicq said. – Sput­nik

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