Walid Muallem, Syrian Foreign Minister
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Syria welcomes Russian initiative on chemical weapons

9 September 2013 Last updated at 18:48 BST

The Syrian foreign minister has welcomed Russia's proposal to place its chemical weapons under international control.

Russia had urged Syria to have them destroyed to avert US-led military strikes.

Jim Muir told the BBC that Walid Muallem accepted the initiative on state television "out of the Syrian leadership's concern for the safety of its people".