Published : 2013-10-11 20:34
Updated : 2013-10-11 20:35
A Syrian official says awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to the global chemical watchdog underscores ``the credibility'' of the Damascus government and its intentions to destroy its toxic arsenal.
Fayez Sayegh, a lawmaker and member of President Bashar Assad's ruling Baath party, says the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons should work to rid the entire Middle East _ including Israel _ of weapons of mass destruction.
Sayegh told The Associated Press shortly after the Nobel announcement was made in Oslo on Friday that he hopes the OPCW ``wins more Nobel prizes for peace'' in the future.
He says Syria is ``giving an example to countries that have chemical and nuclear weapons.''
The U.N. has mandated the OPCW to rid Syria of its stockpile of chemical weapons by mid-2014. (AP)