Royal Navy ship will guard removal of chemical stockpile from Syria

United Nations diplomat Sigrid Kaag inspecting preparations at the Port of Latakia for the elimination of Syrian chemical weapons. Picture: UN

United Nations diplomat Sigrid Kaag inspecting preparations at the Port of Latakia for the elimination of Syrian chemical weapons. Picture: UN

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Britain is to send a Royal Navy ship to Syria to safeguard vessels removing the country’s chemical stockpile.

The British government has announced it will destroy 150 tonnes of industrial-grade chemicals as part of the international effort to dismantle President Bashar al-Assad’s illegal weapons stockpile.

The Foreign Office said the chemicals will be shipped to a British port with suitable equipment before being transferred to a commercial site where they will be incinerated.

It is part of the international effort to dispose of Syria’s chemical stockpile, following the agreement by Assad to give up his weapons in a deal brokered by the United States and Russia.

A Royal Navy warship will be sent to help protect the Danish and Norwegian cargo vessels, which will ship the entire stockpile out of Syria, as they are sailing through international waters.

A spokeswoman for the Ministry of Defence told The News the vessel would be a frigate or destroyer, but no decision has yet been made as to which ship will be sent.

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