Time: 9:14 p.m. CEST
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad talked with the Agence-France Presse in presidential palace in Damascus. In the interview with the agency, Assad refuted last week reports about the chemical weapons attack, which monitor groups assigned to his regime, and said those are “100% fabrication. But, according to Assad, the source for those reports, al-Qaeda’s former affiliate in Syria, Nusra Front is not credible.
As CNN.com reports, the entire incident was “fabricated” and “unconvincing.” In the town of Khan Sheikhoun, about 89 people died and others were injured in the April 4 chemical attack. Assad’s government imposed strict rules for the interview conducted by the AFP’s Damascus bureau chief. The news agency could not record the interview, instead Syrian presidency filmed and delivered to AFP only first five questions. In the interview, Assad claims that, “we gave up our arsenal three years ago,” and added that, “we have never used our chemical arsenal in our history.”
As the area of the disputed attack is in the control of Nusra Front, Assad claims that the investigation is not possible. The United Kingdom Ministry of Defense and Turkish authorities made tests, which provide the evidence that Sarin or similar substance was used. But, for Assad, “some of their statements were defending ISIS,” CNN.com publishes.