"The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iraq issued a statement condemning the use of chemical weapons in Syria… We demanded an urgent and impartial international investigation, confirmed that Iraq expressed concern about the swift and hasty actions that can destroy the ongoing process of peace and crisis resolution in Syria conducted by the international community," Hadi said.
The ambassador disagreed that the attack was designed to distract the attention from the mounting civilian casualties in Iraqi Mosul, as "the situation in Iraq is different from the situation in Syria."
On Friday, Russian Foreign Ministry said that the US missile attack on Syria's military airfield was an attempt to divert attention from the situation in Iraq's Mosul.
After a major chemical weapons attack in Syria's East Ghouta in 2013, the country joined the Convention on the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. In January 2016, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) announced that all chemical weapons in Syria had been destroyed. Assad said that the country’s government had never used weapons of mass destruction, including chemical weapons, against the Syrian people.