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


Rocket hits site of foreign oil firms in Iraq's Basra

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Rocket hits site of foreign oil firms in Iraq's Basra

BASRA: A rocket landed at the headquarters of several global major oil companies, including US giant ExxonMobil, in Iraq’s southern city of Basra early on Wednesday, wounding two Iraqi workers, police said.

The rocket hit the Burjesia residential and operations headquarters west of Basra, they said.

A security source said Exxon was preparing to evacuate some 20 foreign staff immediately.

Other companies operating at the site include Royal Dutch Shell PLC and Italian Eni SpA, oil officials said.

Iraq's southern oil operations including export are not affected by rocket incident in Basra, officials said.

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