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Syrian FM likens fighting inside his country to 9/11 attacks

Monday, Sep 30, 2013 - 02:00

Sept. 30 - Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem compares militant attacks to the the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States during his speech to the U.N. General Assembly. Deborah Gembara reports.

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Addressing the UN General Assembly, Syria didn't shy away from controversy. Foreign Minister Walid al Moualem likened what was happening in his country to the September 11th attacks. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) SYRIAN FOREIGN MINISTER AND DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER, WALID AL-MOUALEM, SAYING: "The people New York have witnessed the devastation's of terrorism, and were burned with the fire of extremism and bloodshed, the same way we are suffering now in Syria. How can some countries, hit by the same terrorism we are suffering now in Syria, claim to fight terrorism in all parts of the world, while supporting it in my country? The claims about the existence of moderate militants and extremist militants have become a bad joke." His remarks came on a day that saw fierce fighting in Damascus --- fighting the foreign minister says is mostly between government forces and foreign fighters from as many as 83 countries. He attributed last month's sarin gas attack to rebels, adding (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) SYRIAN FOREIGN MINISTER AND DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER, WALID AL-MOUALEM, SAYING "The challenge that is facing all of us is whether those who are supplying terrorists with these types of weapon will abide by their legal commitments. The terrorists, who used poisonous gases in my country received chemical agents from regional and Western countries that are well known to all of us." A convoy of UN weapons inspectors could be seen leaving Damascus on Monday. They were in the country investigating six other alleged cases of chemical use, including three reported around Damascus after the August 21st attack. Both the government and rebels have insisted that the other is responsible. A new team of inspectors is expected to arrive later this week, to start the process of verifying and eliminating the Syria's chemical weapons.

Syrian FM likens fighting inside his country to 9/11 attacks

Monday, Sep 30, 2013 - 02:00

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