Japan welcomes decision on Syria

Tokyo, Sep 15 (IANS) The Japanese government Sunday welcomed an agreement between the US and Russia over the issue of Syrian chemical weapons, according to the country's foreign ministry.

Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, in a statement, hailed the agreement to secure and eliminate Syria's chemical weapons under international supervision and called for a "sincere response" by the Syrian government, Xinhua reported.

He also said Japan "will watch its real action".

Kishida said Japan will continue to support and make necessary contributions to efforts by relevant countries and organisations so that chemical weapons are never used again.

US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov announced Saturday a framework towards the complete destruction of chemical weapons in Syria.

The accord asks the Syrian government to submit a list of its chemical weapons stockpile within one week and to allow access to international inspector.

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