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    Arab League Summit Statement Condemns Chemical Attack, Says Syria Not to Blame

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    DHAHRAN (Saudi Arabia) (Sputnik) - The final statement of the Arab League Summit did not accuse the Syrian authorities of reported use of chemical weapons in Duma, as was declared earlier by Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Jubeir.

    On Sunday, Jubeir commented on the statement adopted at the summit, saying that the Arab League condemned the use of chemical weapons by Syrian authorities, however the released text of the document does not include the statement.

    "We state decisively about our harsh condemnation of the use of chemical weapons against the friendly Syrian nation and demand to hold an independent international probe and to implement international law in regards to those, whose responsibility for the use of chemical weapons will be proven," the final statement reads.

    Western states have accused the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad of an April 7 attack using chemicals in the Syrian town of Douma. In response to the alleged incident, the United States, the United Kingdom and France have conducted airstrikes on several targets in Syria.

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