Russia, China Block Issuance of Unbalanced UNSC Statement on Syria's Idleb

MOSCOW, (ST)- Russia and China have blocked the issuance of an unbalanced statement by the UN Security Council that sought distorting facts about the situation in the Syrian province of Idleb and that didn't mention the terrorists' activities there.

Itar Tass news agency quoted a Russian diplomatic source as saying that Russia has prevented the adoption of the statement, clarifying that the text of the draft statement, proposed by "Kuwait, Germany and Belgium" was unbalanced and contained no mention of the terrorists who control most of Idleb.

The statement was proposed last Friday and it has been placed under the so-called "silent procedure" until the Russian and Chinese missions broke the procedure and hampered its adoption.

Syria Calls on Security Council to Condemn Terrorist Attacks on Civilians

DAMASCUS-Syria called on Security Council and UN Secretary General to immediately condemn the terrorist attacks that target safe civilians, stressing that these attacks will not affect Syria stance in combating terrorism and working to restore security and stability to the Syrian people, SANA reported.

“Some Security council member states, particularly the US and western states, circulate fake information that the Syrian army and its allies shell civilian targets and facilities in Idleb… unfortunately, some officials at UN General Secretariat, for their part, are completing the circle of unprofessional information which mainly aim to mislead the world public opinion to protect Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organization,” Foreign and Expatriates Ministry said in a letter sent to UN Secretary General and President of Security council.

Former U.S. Congresswoman to ST: Trump was ultimately forced to state publicly that he is not interested in war against Iran

Former U.S. Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney believes that the Israel-firsters burrowed into the US Deep State and federal bureaucracy are pre-positioning US troops in the Arabian Gulf to become sitting ducks for a false flag attack of some kind that then "forces" retaliation.

She told the Syriatimes e-newspaper that the passage of time indicates that National Security Advisor Bolton is a manifestation of the exigencies of domestic U.S. politics, but does not share Trump's goals.  

“The fact that Trump intervened with one sentence to tamp down the idea that war against Iran was imminent should speak volumes to those who understand that Trump is in no position to speak at all (when he disagrees with what I call President Bolton, who, in my opinion, is Netanyahu's--hence, the Israel-Firsters' go-to man in the White House),” McKinney said.

She stressed that Trump was ultimately forced to state publicly that he is not interested in war against Iran. 

“Peaceniks voted for Trump or abstained and the last thing he wants is to betray that part of his base and the standersby who are looking on quietly from the sidelines,” the international peace activist added.

Kremlin Says Military Action in Syria's Idlib is Justified

The Kremlin on Monday rebuffed criticism from U.S. President Donald Trump of Russian and Syrian government military action in Syria's Idlib province, saying it was justified, according to Reuters.

Trump on Sunday urged a stop for military operation against militants in Idlib, following a Friday Kremlin statement that signaled Moscow would continue to back a month long Syrian government operation there.

When asked about Trump's criticism on Monday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that militants were using Idlib as a base to launch attacks against civilian and military targets, which is unacceptable.

Arab Preparatory Meeting to Launch a Popular Campaign to Lift the Unilateral Coercive Economic Measures Imposed on Syria

Beirut-The meeting of the Arab preparatory meeting to discuss a plan of action to launch a popular Arab and international campaign to lift the unilateral coercive economic measures imposed on Syria began in Beirut today.

"The economic siege imposed on Syria is a new episode in the series of global war that has been going on for more than eight years on this authentic Arab country and its people in order to subjugate it and disregard its historical positions committed to resistance and struggle against colonial and Zionist projects," Majdi Al-Masrawy said in a speech on behalf of the General Secretariat of the Arab National Conference and the Arab International Center for Communication and Solidarity.

Mr. Al-Masrawy noted the distinguished Syrian-Lebanese relations and said that "the Lebanese realize that any harm inflicts Syria affects Lebanon, its security, its economy, its role and its location."

For his art, Khalid Al-Sufayani, the General Coordinator of the National Islamic Conference, noted the steadfastness of the Syrian people and its cohesion with its leadership and the Syrian Arab Army in the face of the global war imposed on Syria, stressing that Syria is the spearhead of resistance against all conspiracies against the Arab nation.

For her part, the Director General of the Arab International Center for Communication and Solidarity, Rehab Mekhal condemned the unilateral coercive measures imposed on Syria and reviewed a working paper prepared by Dr. Ziad Hafez, former Secretary-General of the Arab National Conference, Vice-President of the Arab International Center for Communication and Solidarity on behalf of the three Arab Conferences: the Arab National the National and the Islamic ational that called for Formation of a follow-up committee emanating from the meeting to face and abolish the coercive measures imposed on Syria.

The committee should include representatives of conferences, federations and popular Arab institutions and the formation of national committees of the members of these conferences, federations, institutions and local events to launch popular campaigns in countries to abolish the coercive measures imposed on Syria and the formation of popular Arab and international delegations to undertake solidarity visits to Syria and prepare petitions to the Arab and Islamic governments and regional organizations to cancel their unfair decisions by suspending Syrian membership in these organizations and inviting the Arab Lawyers Union to form an Arab and international legal committee to examine the possibility of legal prosecution of states participating in the embargo for violating the Charter of the United Nations.

For his part, Dr. Khalaf Al-Muftah, Director-General of the Jerusalem International Foundation, said in his paper that the war of aggression against Syria has aimed at targeting the Arab resistance. He stressed that coercive economic measures imposed on the Syrian people are contrary to international and humanitarian law.

The meeting was attended by public secretaries, heads of Arab conferences, federations and organizations and a representative of the Syrian embassy in Lebanon.

Sh. Kh.