BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:35 A.M.) – Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad accused the US, UK and French governments of “create favourable conditions for their terrorist groups to use chemical weapons,” at a press conference in Damascus, Monday.
Mekdad added that Western states then “accuse the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) of using chemical weapons” in a bid to justify their “intervention in Syria.”
Mekdad noted, “Although Syria has destroyed all its chemical arsenal, we still see attempts to attack the achievements made by the Syrian Arab Republic” before adding that “the enemies of Syria” have no other means to justify their intervention in Syria, “except this kind of cheap propaganda and cheap use of chemical weapons.”
The Syrian deputy foreign minister argued that the missile strike ordered by the US President Donald Trump administration was “the direct US assault against Syria,” which he said was an “unjustifiable move by the US” and “was taken for a sole reason, which is the new US administration wanted to tell the world ‘I’m strong, I can carry out strikes anywhere.'”
On June 26, the White House announced they suspected the Syrian government was preparing for a “new” chemical weapons attack and warned of a “heavy price to pay.”
In April, Syria’s Al-Shayrat Airbase was the target of a US Tomahawk missile strike ordered by Trump, a direct response to the alleged chemical weapons attack in Khan Sheikhoun near Idlib for which he holds Syrian President Bashar al-Assad responsible. Damascus has denied its involvement in the incident.