Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has suggested that some outside governments may urge rebels to attack international inspectors sent into war-fractured country to secure its arsenal of chemical weapons.
“There might be countries that might ask the terrorists to attack the inspectors to prevent them from doing their job, and blame the Syrian government,” he said in an interview aired Sunday by Chinese state broadcaster CCTV.
“At this point, this remains just a possibility and we cannot know until the inspectors arrive in Syria,” al-Assad said.
Syria submitted an initial declaration to the world’s chemical weapons watchdog last week outlining its inventory of the munitions. The move was part of a deal forged earlier this month by the United States and Russia to begin Syria’s chemical disarmament.