Shipment of mustard gas leaves Syria: OPCW-UNListen /
A shipment of sulphur mustard out of Syria has been welcomed as an "important step" in the elimination of the country's chemical weapons programme.
That’s according to Sigrid Kaag, the Special Coordinator of the UN-backed Joint Mission of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).
It’s the Government of Syria's fourth consignment of chemical weapons to leave the country.
Sulphur mustard, better known as "mustard gas", is one of five "priority chemicals" in Syria's stockpile.
The Joint Mission was set up to oversee the transportation and destruction of the country's chemical weapons no later than 30 June 2014.
Syria joined the 1992 Chemical Weapons Convention under an agreement brokered last year by Russia and the United States and said it would give up its reserve of chemicals.
Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.