US, Russian Militaries Negotiate on Syria

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. Syrian government forces, Russian special forces and U.S.-backed militants are all battling IS around the oil-rich … Continue reading US, Russian Militaries Negotiate on Syria

China’s Special Envoy for Syria Hold Talks With Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister

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. Russian Foreign Ministry stated that Bogdanov and Xiaoyan have exchanged viewpoints on several issues related to a long-term political settlement in Syria … Continue reading China’s Special Envoy for Syria Hold Talks With Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister

Syria’s Assad Hold Talks With Russian Defense Minister in Damascus

The Syrian President Bashar Assad has held talks with the Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu in Damascus. The two sides discussed military cooperation and joint actions against jihadists in Syria. “During the meeting, the two sides discussed the military and military-technical cooperation between [Russia and Syria] in view of the successful operations of Syrian government … Continue reading Syria’s Assad Hold Talks With Russian Defense Minister in Damascus

Iranian Deputy FM Meets Syrian President, Top Diplomat

President Assad and Jaberi Ansari exchanged views on the latest developments in the region, specially in Syria. Jaberi Ansari in his talks with top diplomat Walid al-Muallem also said that cleansing of the terrorist groups from the heights in al-Qalamoun region is an important achievement for Syria. Muallem, in his turn, praised Iran's supports for … Continue reading Iranian Deputy FM Meets Syrian President, Top Diplomat

Syria: Talks Should Address ‘Disappeared’

International backers of negotiations to end the conflict in Syria should ensure that any transitional process includes a robust independent body to investigate thousands of “disappeared,” Human Rights Watch said today. The United Nations designated August 30 as the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances to raise awareness about enforced disappearances around the … Continue reading Syria: Talks Should Address ‘Disappeared’

5th Round Of Syria Talks Begins In Astana

Kazakhstan’s capital has started hosting a fifth round of talks between the Syrian government and opposition, with Iran, Russia, and Turkey as mediators. The latest round started out in Astana on Tuesday with a trilateral discussion among the moderators. Anuar Zhainakov, the press-secretary at Kazakhstan’s Foreign Ministry, confirmed to AFP that delegates from the Syrian … Continue reading 5th Round Of Syria Talks Begins In Astana

Warring Parties Agree on De-Escalation Zones Borders

The border lines in two de-escalation zone have been defined, Israel and Jordan have no place in Syria peace talks. Reports say relevant sides have agreed on the demarcation of the borders in two zones out of four de-escalation zones that covers Eastern Ghouta and areas in Northern Homs. The sides have not thus far … Continue reading Warring Parties Agree on De-Escalation Zones Borders