Former U.S. Ambassador: Assad Winning, Iran Staying in Syria

The last United States ambassador to Syria Robert Ford said that Syrian president Bashar al-Assad has won, that Iran is likely to stay in Syria, and that “this is the new reality that we have to accept, and there isn’t much we can do about it,” in an interview Monday. In the interview, which was conducted … Continue reading Former U.S. Ambassador: Assad Winning, Iran Staying in Syria

UN Special Envoy on Syria Hold Talks With Russian Ambassador to Iran

'Ambassador of Russia Mr. Levan Dzhagaryan at the Embassy met with the UN General_Secretary Special Envoy on Syria Mr. S. de_Mistura,' Russian Embassy announced in a Monday Twitter message. According to Russian embassy's press attache, both sides discussed the latest developments in Syria and the current situation of that country.

Ambassador: Ankara, Moscow Cooperate To Settle Syrian Crisis

Russia's newly appointed ambassador to Ankara Alexei Yerkhov said that Turkey is an important partner of Russia in solving the Syrian crisis and increasing the trade volume between two countries to $100 billion is a "possible goal." Earlier in May, the Russian State Duma's International Relations Committee pledged support for the appointment of Yerkhov, the … Continue reading Ambassador: Ankara, Moscow Cooperate To Settle Syrian Crisis

Ambassador: Astana Talks on Syria Prove Iran-Russia Cooperation Success

Iranian Ambassador to Russia Mehdi Sanaei stated that Astana talks on the Syrian settlement show an example of successful cooperation between Russia and Iran. "As for the cooperation between Iran and Russia, it showed its efficiency. We see the result in Astana process," Sanaei said at the round table dedicated to the International Quds Day … Continue reading Ambassador: Astana Talks on Syria Prove Iran-Russia Cooperation Success

Rebels’ HNC Criticizes UN Envoy’s Proposal on Mechanism for Syrian Constitution Talks

Syrian opposition's High Negotiations Committee (HNC) has provided a written reply to the proposal of UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura on creation of a consultative mechanism for constitutional matters, criticizing almost every point of the envoy's paper and requiring clarifications. The HNC submitted their reply to de Mistura on Wednesday evening and … Continue reading Rebels’ HNC Criticizes UN Envoy’s Proposal on Mechanism for Syrian Constitution Talks

Turkey: Steps Taken to Prevent Ceasefire Violations in Syria

Steps are being taken to consolidate a three-month ceasefire in Syria throughout the country despite increasing violations, Turkey's Ambassador to Russia Huseyin Dirioz said Monday. The nationwide Syrian ceasefire that came into force on December 30 is backed by Russia and Turkey; it has been holding up in general, despite continued reports of violations. The … Continue reading Turkey: Steps Taken to Prevent Ceasefire Violations in Syria

Damascus Platform Urges De Mistura to Invite Special Delegation to Syria Talks

The Damascus Platform is about to invite an independent delegation of Syrian opposition forces and civil society members to the next round of the Syrian reconciliation talks in Geneva, the platform said in a statement. The Damascus Platform calls on UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura to invite an independent delegation of Syrian … Continue reading Damascus Platform Urges De Mistura to Invite Special Delegation to Syria Talks