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

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".

  • 09 Sep 2013
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