Health Minister Urges WHO to Work for Lifting Sanctions on Syrian People

GENEVA– Health Minister Nizar Yazigi discussed with Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean Region at the World Health Organization (WHO) Mahmoud Fikri cooperation between the Ministry and the Organization.

During the meeting, Yazigi reviewed the current health situation in Syria and the Ministry’s efforts to provide citizens with preventative, curative and quality emergency health services without discrimination, according to SANA.

The Minister called on the WHO to work towards lifting the unjust and coercive sanctions imposed on the Syrian people due to their negative impact on the Ministry’s efforts to provide the Syrian people’s medical needs, particularly in terms of importing medicine, vaccines, medical equipment, and spare parts.

Rouhani: Terrorism Supporters Can't Claim They Are Fighting Terrorism

TEHRAN- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has stressed that the peoples of Syria and Iraq have stood against terrorism, pointing out that Iran will continue supporting the countries fighting terrorism in the region.

Rouhani made the remarks in the presence of representatives of domestic and foreign media in his first press conference on Monday since his landslide election victory and winning a second term in office.

The Iranian president asserted that terrorism supporters and financiers can't allege that they are fighting terrorism.

Terrorists’ Crimes, Unfair Sanctions Worsened Humanitarian Crisis in Syria: al-Maollem

DAMASCUS, (ST)-Deputy Premier, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Walid al-Moallem and President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Peter Maurer on Monday discussed cooperation between the Syrian government and the ICRC as to meet the humanitarian needs of the Syrian citizens.

Al-Moallem reviewed the government’s efforts to improve the living and humanitarian condition of the Syrian people countrywide in addition to the positive results of the national reconciliation process going on in several areas despite difficulties resulted from the crimes of the foreign-backed terrorist groups. He stressed that the terrorists’ crimes plus the unfair western sanctions on Syria have played a big role in the deterioration of the humanitarian situation in Syria.

Syrian Dandoun wins a gold medal

Bangkok, (ST) – The Syrian athlete Loris Dandoun won a gold medal for (800 m) race at the Asian Youth Athletics Championship currently held in Bangkok, Thailand.

Dandoun finished the race in (02:14min).


Tulsi Gabbard Condemns New US Arms Sale to Saudi Arabia

US Democratic Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) on Saturday condemned the Trump Administration’s new arms deal with Saudi Arabia, a country with a devastating record of human rights violations at home and abroad, and a long history of providing support to terrorist organizations that threaten the American people,  Antiwar website reported.

 Saudi Arabia is the world’s largest sponsor and propagator of the extremist Wahhabi Salafist ideology that fuels terrorist groups like ISIS and al-Qaeda. Based on Saudi Arabia’s history and track record, there is a significant likelihood these weapons will be used against innocent civilians or end up in the hands of terrorist groups, according to Gabbard.