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India against use of chemical weapons: MEA

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Amid spiralling tensions between and the UK following a on double agent and his daughter Yulia, today said it is against the use of and the issue should be resolved in accordance with the provisions of the Convention.

There are reports that the UK is keen on raising the issue at the Commonwealth Heads of the Meeting (CHOGM) to be held in next week.

When Ministry of was asked about the telephonic conversation between and Russian yesterday, he said he did not have information on what the two leaders talked about.

However, he said, "is against the use of anywhere, at any time, by anybody, under any circumstances. We hope that this issue is resolved in accordance with the provisions of the (CWC) so as to reach evidence-based conclusions. India, as all other countries, awaits the outcome of the investigation."

The nerve agent attack on Skripal has led to a diplomatic showdown with both the sides expelling each other's diplomats from their countries.

Amid reports of an alleged in Douma, Syria, by forces last week, Kumar said that the use of such weapons anywhere is against the provisions of the CWC and the perpetrators of such acts must be held accountable.

"Any use of chemical weapons anywhere, at any time, by anybody, under any circumstances is in complete disregard of humanity, and is reprehensible and contrary to the provisions of the CWC as well as accepted international norms. The perpetrators of such abhorrent acts must be held accountable," Kumar said.

The attack has attracted widespread criticism against the Assad regime in

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First Published: Fri, April 13 2018. 00:50 IST