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Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons Director-General Ahmet Uzumcu talks during a press conference, in Rome, on Jan. 16. / Andrew Medichini, AP

ROME (AP) - Italian officials say the southern Italian port of Gioia Tauro will be the site for the transfer of a shipment of chemical weapons materials from Syria to a U.S. ship.

Transport Minister Maurizio Lupi identified the port in a joint meeting of the parliamentary foreign affairs commissions.

The raw materials for poison gas and nerve agents currently are on board a Danish ship, and Italy has agreed to serve as the transfer port to a U.S. ship.

Lupi said a total of 60 containers of the material would be transferred ship-to-ship at the port in Calabria, near the toe of the Italian boot, and none would be brought to shore.



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