Speaking on Newsnight, Faisal Mekdad clashed with host Evan Davis just hours after the US launched 59 Tomahawk missiles on the Shayrat air base believed to be responsible for launching the chemical attack.
Mr Mekdad said: “A fabricated incident of the use of chemical weapons in Khan Sheikhoun was made.
“The United States has come at the request of terrorist groups in Syria and bombarded a very important airport from which our planes go and attack Daesh and Jabhat al-Nusra in our its fight against terrorism.”
Faisal Mekdad and Evan Davis were involved in a furious war of words on Newsnight
We have no chemical weapons, and the Syrian army has not and will never use them against our Syrian people
Asked about who was responsible for the sarin gas attacks which left more than 80 people dead, the Syrian minister blamed terrorists for the atrocity.
He said: ”I think the terrorist groups have hidden these materials, and we have reported this to the United Nations Security Council and the Organisation on the Prevention of Chemical Weapons some time ago.
“[The Syrian government] told them the terrorist groups, including Daesh and Jabhat al-Nusra, are bringing in chemical materials from Turkey and Iraq in order to use them in the war against Syria.
Mr Faisal (R) has been in Assad's government for over a decade
“The real story has not yet been confirmed because the whole area is under the control of a terrorist group.”
“We have no chemical weapons, and the Syrian army has not and will never use them against our Syrian people.
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Mr Davis could not believe Mr Faisal's claims about the legitimacy of Assad
“If we have to say what are the gains of the Syrian government between using traditional weapons and using these chemicals, the traditional weapons would kill more terrorists.
Syrian officials often refer to people opposing the government – including western backed rebels – as terrorists.
Evan Davis went on to hit back at Mr Mekdad’s claims, raging at the Syrian foreign minister as he said most of the world “doesn’t believe a word” from his government.
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Mr Davis said: “Can you understand why most of the world simply doesn’t believe a word that the Syrian government says?
“We have seen the indiscriminate in terms of attacking civilians that has been exhibited in eastern Aleppo, just to take one example.
“Your government doesn’t have a reputation that anyone will stand by, and when you say that you’re not behind chlorine gas attacks that other people say you are, or this latest attack this week.”
“What is your reaction going to be to the American attack last night?”
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The defence minister responded: “This is an unjustifiable attack… an aggression against a sovereign country.
“It is the responsibility of the Security Council to stop such attacks against sovereign countries.”
“This attack was fabricated to change the position of the United States, of the Trump administration, against Syria, and I think administration in Washington and other countries were subject to misleading information.”
He said he felt the US had been “tricked” into believing that Assad’s government were responsible for the chemical attacks, while Evan Davis said the country had “fallen apart” under the rule of the Syrian dictator.
Mr Davis quickly lost his temper, blasting the “ridiculous” comparison between the election of Western leaders including Theresa May and Donald Trump, and the way in which Assad came to power.
Mr Faisal then lost his cool, claiming Assad is “more legitimate than many of the European leaders” before the interview came to an abrupt end.