The parliament will hold an extraordinary session on Saturday to debate the extension of Turkish military’s operation in northern Iraq and Syria, according to ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party’s parliamentary group deputy chairman.
Senior American and Russian military leaders met for an unprecedented, face-to-face session somewhere in the Middle East this week to discuss the growing tensions in the competing battles to retake one of the remaining Islamic State strongholds in Syria.
China’s Special Envoy for Syria Xie Xiaoyan and Russian Special Presidential Representative for the Middle East and Africa, Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov discussed political settlement in Syria as well as counter-terrorism efforts.
Cooperation within the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OCPW) was in focus of talks between Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov and Syrian Ambassador to Russian Riyad Haddad, the Russian foreign ministry said on Thursday.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, during a meeting with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, said that the United States is an uninvited guest in Syria, RIA Novosti reported.
Moscow has informed Washington via a special communications channel that any attempts of Syrian opposition fighters to shell Russian task force and Syrian troops will be curbed, Defense Ministry Spokesman Igor Konashenkov said on Thursday.
Deputy Speaker of the People’s Assembly Najdat Anzour stressed that the Syrian army will continue its war against terrorism till restoring security and stability to all Syrian territories.
The French president underlined the role of Iran in the Syria peace process, saying no “efficient” solution could be found to the six-year-old crisis in war-torn country without the Islamic Republic.
Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea received at his Maarab residence UNHCR Representative Mireille Girard on Tuesday. The sides discussed the condition of the Syrian refugees in Lebanon, and the necessity to help them return safe and sound to their homeland.