Kerry to Syrian FM: UN inspectors should have had access to alleged gas attack site

August 25, 2013 05:39

WASHINGTON - US Secretary of State John Kerry spoke to Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moualem on Thursday and told him the Damascus government should have let UN inspectors have access to the site of an alleged gas attack, the State Department said on Saturday.

Kerry called "to make clear that if, as they claimed, the Syrian regime has nothing to hide, it should have allowed immediate and unimpeded access to the site rather than continuing to attack the affected area to block access and destroy evidence," a State Department official said.

"The secretary further emphasized ... that he had received full assurances from Free Syrian Army commanders that they would ensure the safety of UN investigators into the targeted areas," the official said.

Kerry, who participated remotely in a White House meeting on a potential US response to the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria, made a round of diplomatic calls on Saturday to his counterparts in Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Turkey, the official said.

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