US credits Assad over Syria chemical arms destruction
DAMASCUS (AFP) - President Bashar al-Assad can take "credit" for moving quickly to eliminate Syria's chemical arms, the United States said on Monday, as disarmament experts declared Damascus was being "cooperative".
US Secretary of State John Kerry welcomed the start of work to destroy the war-hit country's chemical weapons under the terms of a UN Security Council resolution.
"The process has begun in record time and we are appreciative for the Russian cooperation and obviously for the Syrian compliance," he told reporters in Indonesia after talks with Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov.
"I think it's extremely significant that yesterday, Sunday, within a week of the resolution being passed, some chemical weapons were being destroyed," said Mr Kerry.