“The EU has been engaging constructively with the Saudi authorities seeking clarification on the circumstances surrounding the arrests of women human rights defenders in Saudi Arabia, notably with regard to the specific accusations brought against them,” said EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini’s stockwoman.
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said the Caspian states have great potentials and opportunities for cooperation, especially in the fields of economy, transportation of goods and passengers, as well as tourism, which will be discussed during the summit.
“Cooperation among the countries on extraction and exploitation of oil, as well as oil and gas swaps are among issues always discussed between us and the other littoral states and these debates will continue at the summit.”
A “National Army” being set up by Syrian rebels with Turkey’s help could become a long-term obstacle to President Bashar al-Assad’s recovery of the northwest – if they can end factional rivalries that have long blighted the opposition. “We are at the beginning. We face many difficulties but we are working to overcome them,” Colonel Haitham Afisi, head of the National Army said.
Syrian state media said on Saturday air defences had confronted a “hostile target” breaching the country’s air space west of the capital Damascus in the early hours of the morning. SANA suggested Israel was to blame for the incursions. “In the past few weeks, the Israeli enemy has attacked military positions,” it said.
U.N. humanitarian adviser Jan Egeland said on Thursday that Turkey, Russia and Iran had all agreed to “do their utmost to avoid” a battle in Idlib.
“This war must end not in a bloodbath but in agreements,” he said. But he added that the U.N. was making preparations and that he would ask Turkey to keep its borders open for fleeing civilians.
European countries, hoping to persuade Tehran to continue to respect the deal, have promised to try to lessen the blow of sanctions and to urge their firms not to pull out. But that has proved difficult: European companies have quit Iran, arguing that they cannot risk their U.S. business.
“U.S. decisions on sanctions do not affect the legal situation in Switzerland with regard to Iran,” said Fabian Maienfisch of the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO).
“The U.S. administration performance in these years has led the country to be considered untrustworthy and unreliable around the world which does not meet any of its obligations,” Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was quoted by the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) as telling Ri on Wednesday.
“In the current situation, friendly countries should develop their relations and cooperation in (the) international community,” he said, adding Iran and North Korea have “always had close views” on many issues.
Russia has repeatedly denied responsibility for the attack, and Russia’s embassy in Washington said in a statement that Washington’s findings against it in the case were not backed by evidence.
“On August 8, 2018 our Deputy Chief of Mission was informed in the State Department of new ‘draconian’ sanctions against Russia for far-fetched accusations of using the ‘Novichok’ nerve agent against a UK citizen. We grew accustomed to not hearing any facts or evidence.” The embassy said in a statement.
UN Secretary General António Guterres: “As Secretary-General of the United Nations, I am obviously totally committed to the implementation of all relevant Security Council resolutions on North Korea. With the objective that we all share, to see a total denuclearization that is verifiable, that is irreversible, to make sure that North Korea can be a normal member of the international community in this region.”