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Syria invites OPCW to send fact-finding team to Douma over chemical weapons claim

Syria’s Foreign and Expatriates Ministry said it has sent an official invitation to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) for a fact-finding mission to visit Douma, SANA reported on Tuesday. The team could investigate claims related to the alleged use of chemical weapons. In response to “the false allegations made by some Western states,” Damascus sent an official invitation via its permanent mission at The Hague to the OPCW, the ministry said. Syria reiterated its condemnation of any use of chemical weapons “by anyone and under any circumstances and anywhere.” A source in the ministry said the country affirms its commitment to cooperating with the OPCW to uncover the truth about “the claims being promoted by some Western sides to justify their hostile intentions and political goals.”