Walid al-Moallem, addressing world leaders at the UN General Assembly in New York, also charged that the US, Britain and France had blocked the naming of the real perpetrators of chemical weapons attacks in Syria.
    
Walid Muallem also accused Western states of supplying chemical weapons to the Syrian opposition in a speech in which he called for an end to sanctions not only against his own country but also Iran, North Korea, Belarus and Venezuela.
    
"There is no civil war in Syria, but it is a war against terror," Muallem told the annual summit at United Nations headquarters in New York.
    
"Terrorists who used poisonous gases in my country have received chemical agents from regional and Western countries that are well known to all of us," the Minister added.
    
The United States has accused President Bashar al-Assad's forces of staging an August 21 chemical weapons attack in which 1,400 people died. The threat of a US military strike with French backing was only called off with a Russia-US plan to destroy Syria's chemical weapons.
    
"Well-known states revealed their true face, and threatened with blatant military aggression outside the mandate (of the) Security Council (an) immoral, illegal and unilateral coercive measure," Muallem said.
    
The Minister said that there has to be a halt to foreign financing and arms supplies to the "terrorists", the government's habitual name for the opposition groups Assad has been battling for 30 months.

(Agencies)

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