Syrian FM: Syria will sign chemical ban, open storage sites

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from USAToday,

Russian President Vladimir Putin ties a deal on Syria’s chemical weapons to U.S. calling off any military strike.

Syria’s foreign minister said Tuesday his country is ready to sign an international agreement banning chemical weapons and pledged to open its storage sites and provide full disclosure immediately.

“We fully support Russia’s initiative concerning chemical weapons in Syria, and we are ready to cooperate. As a part of the plan, we intend to join the Chemical Weapons Convention,” Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem said in an interview with Lebanon-based Al-Maydeen TV.

He said Syria was “ready to fulfill our obligations” under the terms of the treaty, including providing information about Syria’s chemical weapons.

“We will open our storage sites, and cease production. We are ready to open these facilities to Russia, other countries and the United Nations,” Muallem said in the interview.

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