(Sydney, Australia – 3:58 A.M.) Doha is ready to provide security support for inspectors from the Organisation for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in Syria, Qatar’s Foreign Minister, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al-Thani said during a news conference on Saturday after talks with Russia’s Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov.
“As for a possible independent investigation in the Syrian districts, which are controlled either by the government or the opposition, I believe, here should play the role the countries, which guarantee behavior of both sides. Qatar from its side is ready to assist, we have respective contacts,” the Minister said.
He said Russia’s support for the idea to organise an international expert group to investigate the incident in Syria proves Moscow is ready to assist the unbiased investigation.
“Having this investigation is very important to us. But even of bigger importance is what we are going to do if results of the investigation make it impossible to punish the involved. We should make it so the involved are punished, all countries should speak in favor of this investigation. If we do not punish the involved, it inevitably will encourage them for even more actions of the kind. This must be avoided,” he added.