Hasaka Clans and Tribes Affirm Their Adherence to Syria's Unity, National Principles

HASAKA, (ST)- Participants in the Forum of Syrian Clans and Tribes in Hasaka province have stressed the national cohesion of Hasaka people in the battle to defend Syria's sovereignty and territorial integrity.

In a statement at the conclusion of the forum, the participants highly appreciated the great sacrifices of the Syrian Arab army to protect the homeland against terrorists and aggressors They hailed the victories being achieved by the army in the fight against terrorism and its supporters.

Syria to Dominate Putin-Trump Summit, Russian Presidential Aide Says

MOSCOW- Syria will dominate the talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump in Helsinki, Finland, on July 16, Yuri Ushakov, the Russian presidential aide, told reporters on Friday.

"There are many [issues] in the context of Syria, and if we mention regional conflicts, as I personally see it, Syria will be a focus of the talks between Putin and Trump," the Kremlin official said, according to Itar Tass.

Ushakov pointed out that other crises would be also on the table of the talks, namely North Korea, the Iran nuclear deal and eastern Ukraine.

Gatilov: Common Syrians Main Victim of Western Sanctions

Russia supports the creation of a UN workgroup for studying the effect of the Western sanctions on Syrian economy as currently the restrictions hurt mostly common people, a Russian envoy to the UN has said, according to RT.

"Common Syrian people are the main victim of the one-sided western restrictions. This is why we completely support the initiative of UN’s Special Rapporteur Idriss Jazairy, to set up a workgroup that would discuss the consequences of the unilateral coercive measures on implementation of the human rights,” Russian representative in the United Nations’ Geneva Office, Gennady Gatilov, said in comments with RIA Novosti.

So-Called US-Led Coalition Succeeded Only in Killing Innocent Syrians: Foreign Ministry

DAMASCUS, (ST)- Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates has affirmed that the illegal US-led coalition, purportedly against Daesh, has succeeded only in killing innocent Syrians and destroying the Syrian infrastructure along the Euphrates.

In a letter addressing the UN Chief and President of the Security Council dealing with the latest aggression carried out by the illegal Washington-led coalition against Syrian civilians in the towns of al-Baghouz Fouqani and al-Sousa in the countryside of al-Boukmal city in Deir Ezzor, the ministry condemned the coalition's new aggression, describing it as unjustified.

Iran, Russia to Continue Supporting Syria: Velayati

Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior adviser to Leader of the Islamic Revolution of Iran Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, says Iran coordinates its military presence in Syria with Moscow and Damascus.

Velayati made the remarks in Moscow Friday amid reports that Iran's role in Syria will be a key item at a summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Donald Trump in Helsinki on Monday, according to Press TV.

Velayati said Iran and Russia's presence in Syria will continue to protect the country against terrorist groups and America's aggression.