Chabot Condemns Assad Chemical Weapons Attack
For Immediate Release
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve Chabot (R-OH) issued the following statement on Tuesday condemning the chemical weapons attack conducted by the Syrian government in Idlib, Syria:
“I was sickened to learn that President Bashar al-Assad conducted yet another chemical weapons attack. This barbaric act took the lives of dozens of innocent civilians, including 11 children. After killing more than 480,000 people, Mr. Assad once again demonstrated that he is unfit to rule.
“As Syria works toward peace and democracy, I am encouraged by the work of its former Prime Minister, Riad Hijab, as he leads negotiations in Geneva on behalf of the Syrian opposition. I had the pleasure of meeting with Dr. Hijab earlier today, and I promise that I will continue to work with my colleagues on the House Foreign Affairs Committee to help resolve the crisis.”
Dr. Riad Hijab was the Prime Minister of Syria when he defected in 2012 after the Assad government escalated attacks against civilians. He was named the head of the Syrian Opposition's High Negotiations Committee (HNC) in 2015, which represents the vast majority of Syrian opposition political and armed factions.
Below is a picture from today's meeting between Chabot and Dr. Hijab: