Syria claims agreement reached with UN team on 'moving forward' a chemical weapons probe

The Syrian Foreign Ministry says talks with a U.N. delegation tasked with investigating chemical weapons allegations in the nation's civil war have "resulted in an agreement on ways of moving forward."

A joint statement by the ministry and the U.N. that appeared on Syria's official SANA news agency's website on Saturday says the U.N. team met with Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem earlier this week. It did not elaborate. The U.N. team couldn't immediately be reached for comment.

Damascus has asked the U.N. to investigate an alleged chemical attack in Khan al-Assal, a village in the north. The Syrian regime and rebels accuse each other of using chemical agents in a March 19 incident.

President Bashar Assad's government refused to have a possible inquiry include other alleged chemical attack sites.