Fact-finding committee should look into Khan Shaykhoun chemical disaster: Zarif

Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has reiterated demand that an international independent fact-finding committee should examine chemical disaster in Khan Shaykhoun.

Mr. Zarif called Mr. Angelino Alfano, Italian counterpart Wednesday to discuss latest situation in bilateral relations as well as matters of mutual interest. Zarif rejected unilateral US missile attackg on al-Shayrat airfield purportedly to respond alleged Assad's use of chemical weapons against civilians in Idlib province earlier this month; "this is totally unacceptable that a country hits a target in a sovereign nation on the conjectural matter that Assad had used chemical weapons in Khan Shaykhoun, a speculation many observers still cast doubt as to the certainty of the incident," Mr. Zarif said in the phone call.

Both sides shared the view that a fact-finding committee should look into the issue to provide to the international public some enlightenment on the disaster.

Syrian government says an old depot of chemical weapons belonging to the rebel fighters was hit by airstrike and poisonous gases from the depot polluted the air in Khan Shaikhoun, Idlib province. Among the victims young people and children were detected. Opposition groups and western media had implicated President Assad in the incident while the Syrian government had totally given up its chemical weapons under UN control and confirmation.



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