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Syria's Assad warns Western action would 'further destabilise' region

AFP  |  Damascus 

Syrian al-Assad today warned that threats of Western military action in response to an would only lead to further chaos in the region.

"With every victory on the ground, some Western countries raise their voices and intensify their activities in an effort to change the trajectory of events," said Assad.

"These voices, and any possible actions, will only contribute to further destabilisation in the region," he said in comments posted on the Syrian presidency's

Assad spoke during a meeting with Ali Akbar Velayati, to Iran's Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and other officials.

Assad and Velayati criticised Western threats to carry out strikes on in response to the alleged use of toxic weapons at the weekend, the presidency said.

"The threats of some Western countries to attack is based on lies that these countries fabricated along with terrorist organisations," Assad's office said. Syrian troops have braced for Western strikes across the country, hiding assets and deserting key buildings.

A potential attack was looming on Thursday, with US mulling over military options and British holding an emergency cabinet meeting.

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First Published: Thu, April 12 2018. 16:35 IST