UN experts arrive in Damascus to investigate chemical claims

Two senior UN inspectors tasked with investigating claims that chemical weapons have been used in Syria’s civil war were in Damascus on Wednesday for talks with government officials.

The long-awaited visit came as opposition sources said that Saudi Arabia had stepped up its weapons deliveries to rebels for a major offensive in Aleppo province, including on government-held areas of the northern metropolis.

Swedish scientist Ake Sellstrom and Angela Kane, the UN high representative for disarmament, arrived from Beirut for the talks, which the United Nations has been pushing for since April.

Top of the agenda will be access to areas of the country where chemical weapons are alleged to have been used so that they can pursue their investigations.

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