US Secretary of State John Kerry had rare words of praise for Syria after UN personnel began overseeing the destruction of the regime’s chemical gas arsenal on October 6.
“I think it is extremely significant that yesterday, Sunday, within a week of the resolution being passed, some chemical weapons were already being destroyed,” Kerry said.
“I think it’s also credit to the Assad regime for complying as rapidly as they are supposed to,” Kerry continued.
Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov hammered out a US-Russia deal on Syria’s chemical weapons in September. It followed a resolution from the United Nations Security Council.
Kerry and Lavrov held meetings on Syria on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Business Advisory Council (ABAC) summit in Bali, Indonesia.
Lavrov said: “We hope that the UN Security Council resolution, which was adopted 10 days ago, will be fulfilled by all parties, as well as the countries which are neighbours of Syria”
Lavrov and Kerry also said they had agreed to set a date for an international peace conference on Syria, known as ‘Geneva 2’, in mid-November.
Kerry called their Bali meeting “one of the most productive we have had”.