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UN Chief Says Agreement Reached on Creation of Constitutional Committee on Syria

NEW YORK, (ST)- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced Monday that an agreement on the creation of a committee to discuss the Syrian constitution was reached, hailing the Syrian government's efforts to conclude this agreement.

The UN Chief's announcement came on the sidelines of the Climate Action Summit in New York and after the talks held in Damascus today between Syria's Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Walid al-Moallem and the UN Chief's Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen.

"I firmly believe that the launching of a Syrian-organized and Syrian-led Constitutional Committee can be the beginning of a political path towards a solution" Guterres told reporters, noting that the solution should be in accordance with UN Resolution No.2254 which is based on the strong commitment to Syria's sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity.

Key Role of European Opinion Makers in Conveying Truth about Events in Syria Highlighted

DAMASCUS, (ST)- Prime Minister Imad Khamis has stressed the key and effective role that can be played by European opinion makers in conveying the truth about events in Syria and about the impacts of the economic blockade imposed on the Syrians.

 He made the remarks during his meeting on Monday with a delegation comprising Italian politicians and parliamentarians.

The meeting focused on the economic situation in Syria and the government's efforts to meet the basic needs of citizens under the unilateral coercive measures imposed on Syria.

The prime minister talked about the government's plan to confront the challenges resulting from the western blockade on Syria through self reliance, through the best investment of the country's resources and potentials particularly in the agricultural and industrial fields, through reactivating the tourism sector and through drawing up an integrated plan to rebuild Syria after the war and help the Syrian refugees return home.

Ala Renews Syria's Condemnation of Israel's Settlement Expansion Plans in Occupied Syrian Golan

GENEVA, (ST)- Syria renews its condemnation of the Israeli occupation's settlement expansion plans in the occupied Syrian Golan which included the building of 30 thousand settlement units and new settlement cities to allow the transfer of 250 thousand Israeli settlers to the Golan, Syria's Permanent Representatives to the United Nations office in Geneva Husam Eddin Ala has affirmed.

In a statement on Monday during a debate on the situation of human rights in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories held within the framework of the 42nd Session of the Human Rights Council, Ala said "these Israeli plans aim at changing the demographic structure of the region in a flagrant violation of the international law and of the Fourth Geneva Convention which says that the occupying authority shall not transfer its own civilian population into the territory it occupies." He pointed out that such a violation amounts to a war crime and a crime against humanity.

Syria is committed to the political process, Al- Moallem confirms to Pedersen

Damascus, (ST) -Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Walid al-Moallem on Monday welcomed the UN Secretary General's Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen and his accompanying delegation.

During the meeting, they discussed the remaining issues related to the formation of the Constitutional Committee and the mechanisms and procedures of its work in order to ensure its role in accordance with clear and agreed upon procedures in advance and away from any external interference.

Washington sends new reinforcements to its militias in the northeast of Syria

HASAKA, (ST)_Washington has sent new reinforcements to the so-called "Syria Democratic Forces " militias in Hasaka, Der Ezzour and Raqqa provinces.  

According to identical media and local sources, 175 trucks carrying weapons and logistic equipment entered the Syrian territories coming from the north of Iraq through Simalka crossing.