Syria, Iran Discuss Cooperation in Fighting Terrorism, Eliminating Terrorist Sleeper Cells

BAGHDAD, (ST)- Iraq’s Defense Minister Najah al-Shummari and Syria’ Ambassador in Baghdad Sattam Jad’an al-Dandah have discussed means of enhancing cooperation between Syria and Iraq, particularly in the fight against terrorism and eliminating terrorist sleeper cells, a statement issued by the Iraqi Defense Ministry said, according to the Syrian News Agency SANA.

U.S., Western Countries Seek Maintaining Jabhat al-Nusra Terrorist Organization for Geopolitical Goals: Lavrov

MOSCOW, (ST)-Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has stressed that the United States and some western countries are trying to prolong the crisis in Syria and to maintain Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organization for achieving geopolitical goals.

In a press conference he held jointly with the Ivory Coast Foreign Minister Marcel Amon-Tanoh in Moscow on Wednesday, Lavrov said "Washington wants to keep Jabhat al-Nusra and seeks getting it out of the terrorist organizations list as to help it be a party in the talks on the crisis in Syria to serve the West's geopolitical goals.

Over the past years of the war on Syria, the United States has funded and armed terrorist organizations, mainly the blacklisted "Jabhat al-Nusra", under the name of "moderate opposition" and it used this terror group as a tool to implement its schemes, Lavrov said, according to the Syrian news Agency SANA.

Algeria Denounces Continuous Turkish Military Interference in Syria's Idleb

ALGIERS, (ST)-  Algeria has reiterated its support for Syria, as a government and people, to restore security and stability countrywide, hailing the sacrifices offered by the Syrians to achieve this goal.

An official source at the Algerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement to the Algerian News Agency (APS) that Algeria "denounces the open and continuous military interference in Syria's Idleb by a neighboring country", in a reference to Turkey. He pointed out that this intervention "violates the principle of good neighborhood and disrespects countries sovereignty ". It would prolong the crisis in Syria and undermine opportunities for solving the crisis through political dialogue, the source made it clear, according to the Syrian news Agency (SANA).

Umakhanov, Haddad Discuss Situation in Syria, Counterterrorism Developments

MOSCOW, (ST)- Deputy Chairman of the Russian Federation Council Ilyas Umakhanov and the Syrian Ambassador to Russia Riad Haddad have discussed the situation in Syria and developments of  counterterrorism process.

The two sides stressed the need to completely uproot terrorism from Syria, reiterating that solving the crisis will only be done by the Syrians themselves pursuant to the results of the Syrian National Dialogue Congress in Sochi as well as the Astana talks and the Security Council resolution No. 2254.

Al-Maollem Receives Credentials of new Indonesian Ambassador

DAMASCUS, (ST)- Deputy Premier, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Walid al-Moallem on Tuesday received the credentials of Wajid Fauzi, as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Indonesia in Damascus.

Al-Moallem held a meeting with the new ambassador during which talks dealt with ways of enhancing bilateral ties and cooperation between Syria and Indonesia to serve the interests of the peoples of the two countries.