U.N. chemical experts arrive in Beirut on way to Syria

The visit comes following an invitation from Syria's government for talks on chemical weapons. (File photo: AFP)

Two senior U.N. officials who will travel to Damascus for talks on the purported use of chemical weapons in Syria's conflict arrived in Beirut on Tuesday, an airport official said.

Swedish scientist “Ake Sellstrom and Angela Kane (the U.N. high representative for disarmament) arrived this afternoon in Beirut from Paris,” the official said on condition of anonymity.

“They will travel to Damascus on Wednesday,” said a U.N. source in the Lebanese capital.

On June 11, the United Nations accepted an invitation by the Syrian government for a visit by the officials for talks on chemical weapons.

The Syrian regime has insisted any investigation should focus on the use in March of chemical weapons in Khan al-Assal in the northern province of Aleppo.

The town fell out of the army's hands and into rebel control on Monday.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:40 - GMT 06:40