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Iran's Rouhani accused Donald Trump of supporting 'terrorists' in Syria

 2017-04-08 17:09:23.0

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New Delhi : The Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday that "terrorist" were applauding his US counterpart Donald Trump for launching a missile strike on an airbase of his Syrian government ally.


He also backed calls for an independent inquiry on the grounds of of a suspected chemical weapon attack on a rebel-held town in northwestern Syria on Tuesday that US President Donald Trump blamed on the Damascus regime.


"This man in the oval office now in America claimed that he wanted to fight terrorism but today all terrorists in Syria are celebrating the US attack," Rouhani said in his speech.


Rouhani also accused the United States President Donald Trump of bombing the Syrian army instead to cordoning off the militants. "Why have you attacked the Syrian army which is at war with terrorists?

"Under what law or authority did you launch your missiles at this independent country?"


Iran and Russia are the closest allies of the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.


Both the governments have defended their Damascus ally against Western allegations that it carried out a chemical weapon attack on the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhun on Tuesday, which killed dozens of civilians.


Rouhani has also called for "an independent commission" by 'impartial countries' into the claim.

"According to the United Nations, the Syrian government does not possess chemical weapons," he said.


Rouhani was referring to the UN-supervised destruction of the Damascus regime's chemical arsenal under a 2013 agreement between Washington and Moscow.


Later on Friday, hours after the US missile strike, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javed Zarif called the allegations as 'bogus', linking them to the claims that Saddam Hussain's regime had weapons of mass destruction which premised the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 but which later turned out to be baseless.

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