BEIRUT: U.S. Embassy in Beirut Charge d'Affaires Richard Mills handed a copy of his government's intelligence report on the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria to caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati Saturday.
Mills gave the report to Mikati during a meeting at the Grand Serial, the prime minister' office said.
At the meeting, Mikati reiterated Lebanon's commitment to the policy of disassociation from regional conflicts.
The White House declassified four-page intelligence report concludes with "high confidence" that the Syrian regime used chemical weapons on several occasions in the last year including a large attack on Aug. 21 in the suburbs of Damascus.
The report included an intercepted communication of a senior official familiar with the offensive who confirmed that chemical weapons were used by the regime on Aug. 21 and was concerned with the U.N. inspectors obtaining evidence.
The report also claimed that 1,429 people were killed in the chemical attack including at least 426 children.
The U.S. is releasing a more comprehensive version of the intelligence report to members of Congress and other international partners.
In his address regarding the intelligence report, Secretary of State John Kerry said a response by the international community and the U.S. against the use of chemical weapons would send a message to Hezbollah and other groups over the possible use of such arms.
U.S. President Barack Obama said Saturday his country was ready to punish the Syrian regime for its use of chemical weapons but that he would take the authorization of Congress before launching any military strike.