Iran aims to distance Syria from its ‘Arab surroundings’ - Syrian opposition

n a press conference in the Saudi capital Riyadh on Sunday, Hariri said that he hoped that the international community would reconsider their decisions regarding the Syrian regime. (AFP)
Updated 06 January 2019
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Iran aims to distance Syria from its ‘Arab surroundings’ - Syrian opposition

  • Hariri stressed that the US withdrawal from Syria was “dangerous”
  • He said that it would give Iran an opportunity to “fill the vacuum” 

DUBAI: Syria’s top opposition negotiator, Naser Hariri, said that “Iran aims to distance Syria from its Arab surroundings.”

Hariri stressed that the US withdrawal from Syria was “dangerous” and that it would give Iran an opportunity to “fill the vacuum.” 

In a press conference in the Saudi capital Riyadh on Sunday, Hariri said that he hoped that the international community would reconsider their decisions regarding the Syrian regime.

“We are in front of a historical stage: either to leave room for the Syrian regime or not,” he said.

“We hope all Arab leaders will not abandon the Syrians,” he added.

Hariri also said that the opposition viewed Saudi Arabia as “great support for the Syrian people.”

He pointed out that the Constitutional Committee must be under the auspices of the United Nations. Last month, the UN Special envoy for Syria said work was still ongoing to form a committee meant to draft a new constitution before the end of the year


Security tops agenda as Iraqi PM visits Egypt in first foreign trip

Updated 23 March 2019
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Security tops agenda as Iraqi PM visits Egypt in first foreign trip

  • After meeting Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, Abdul Mahdi highlighted “the importance of drying up the sources of terrorism”
  • The visit to Egypt is Abdul Mahdi’s first trip abroad since taking office in October

CAIRO: Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi sought Egypt’s support for efforts to tackle extremist militants in the region during a visit to Cairo on Saturday, his first trip abroad since taking office in October.
After meeting Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, Abdul Mahdi highlighted “the importance of drying up the sources of terrorism” and said “cooperation between Egypt and Iraq will be essential for this matter,” according to an official statement.
His comments came as US-backed forces said they had captured Daesh’s last shred of territory in eastern Syria at Baghouz, ending its territorial rule over a self-proclaimed caliphate straddling Syria and Iraq after years of fighting.
Though the defeat ends the group’s grip over the extremist quasi-state that it declared in 2014, it remains a threat.
Some Daesh fighters still hold out in Syria’s remote central desert and in Iraqi cities they have slipped into the shadows, staging sudden shootings or kidnappings and awaiting a chance to rise again.
The United States thinks the group’s leader, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, is in Iraq.
Defeating militants in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula and restoring security after years of unrest has been a key promise of El-Sisi, the general-turned-president who came to power a year after the military overthrew Islamist President Mohammed Mursi in 2013.
Egypt has fought an insurgency waged by a Daesh affiliate in North Sinai since 2013. Hundreds of members of the security forces have been killed.