Despite chemical attack, UN chief congratulates Assad on Syrian independence day
In letter to the president, Antonio Guterres says he hopes Syria will take part in advancing world peace – By Jacob Magid April 23, 2017, 10:29 pm 2 – Times of Israel
United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres sent congratulatory wishes to Syrian President Bashar Assad in honor of his country’s independence day last week, Syria’s official news agency SANA said Sunday.
The letter came less than 30 days after a chemical attack in Idlib killed at least 90 civilians, among them dozens of children. The Assad regime is widely believed to have been responsible for carrying out the strike and drew widespread international condemnation.