Premier in Tehran for Talks on Bilateral Ties, Enhancing Anti-Terror Cooperation

TEHRAN, (ST)- Prime Minister Imad Khamis started on Monday an official visit to Iran leading a government delegation for talks with Iranian officials on boosting economic relations, following up the agreements signed between Syria and Iran and enhancing cooperation in the fight against terrorism.

Khamis was welcomed at Muhr Abad Airport by Iran's Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, Masoud Soltanifar, the Syrian Ambassador in Tehran Adnan Mahmoud and the Syrian Embassy staff.

The delegation accompanying Khamis comprises ministers of agriculture, industry, economy and foreign trade, oil and mineral resources and technology and communications. It also comprises Secretary General of the Cabinet, Head of Planning and International Cooperation, Governor of the Central bank of Syria and Director of Oil Marketing office.

Army kills dozens of ISIS terrorists including Saudis and Tunisians in Deir Ezzor

Deir Ezzor – Army units killed tens of ISIS terrorists in continuous operations against their gatherings in Deir Ezzor Province.

An army unit killed 18 ISIS terrorists, all of them holding foreign nationalities including the Saudi terrorist Abu Abdullah, during an operation against a den behind the canneries plant to the southeast of Deir Ezzor city, SANA reported.

SANA said that an army unit destroyed a den of the so-called “al-Hisba” which belongs to ISIS in al-Labed neighborhood in al-Mohssen town in the eastern countryside, killing several terrorists holding the Tunisian nationality.

The army units destroyed three positions of ISIS terrorists that contain automatic weapons and ammunition, and killed members of two terrorist groups at the surrounding area of Deir Ezzor Airport and al-Tharda mountain.

Reconciliation Efforts Ongoing in Eastern Ghouta, a New settlement to Be Reached Soon

DAMASCUS COUNTRYSIDE– A meeting was held on Sunday to discuss and preview the results of the work of the reconciliation committees in a number of villages and towns in the Eastern Ghouta of Damascus.

Damascus Countryside Governor Alaa Munir Ibrahim, representatives of local reconciliation committees, social and religious figures, Head of the Hmeimim-based Russian Coordination Center for Reconciliation and Head of the National Operational Group Haitham Imran participated in the meeting which was held at the building of Damascus Countryside Governorat, according to SANA.

Army thwarts Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists’ attack in Quneitra

Quneitra - An army unit aided by the popular defense groups in the village of Hadar, in Quneitra Province, clashed with terrorist groups affiliated to Jabhat al-Nusra which attempted to attack one of the military posts in al-Dalafeh site to the south of the village, SANA reported.

The army thwarted the terrorist attack, inflicting heavy losses upon the terrorist groups in personnel and equipment, SANA reported.

The army units bombarded Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists in Tal al-Hamriyeh to the south of Hadar village, killing and injuring a number of them.

The source said that the armed terrorist groups shot fire towards the farmlands to the south of the village, injuring two persons.

Coordinator of Reconciliation in Wadi Barada Assassinated by Terrorists

DAMASCUS COUNTRYSIDE – Terrorists on Saturday assassinated Ahmad al-Ghadban, coordinator of reconciliation process in Wadi Barada area in Damascus Countryside after he left a meeting with armed terrorist groups leaders in Ein Fijeh village, local sources to SANA.

 A settlement agreement was reached in Ein Fijeh area to help gunmen hand over their weapons to authorities and get their legal status settled and to allow other gunmen, most of them are affiliated to Jabhat al-Nusra and don't want to surrender, to leave to Idleb countryside.

Army destroys ISIS vehicles in Deir Ezzor and Homs

Provinces - Army and Armed Forces units thwarted ISIS terrorists’ attempt to attack military posts in different areas in Deir Ezzor and destroyed a tank and three of their vehicles, in addition to targeting their gatherings and movements near Palmyra in Homs province, SANA reported.

Deir Ezzor

The army units clashed with the ISIS terrorists who attempted to attack military posts in the southern and northwestern axes of Deir Ezzor airport, in the surroundings of al-Thardeh Mountain and in al-Rashdiyeh al-Howeiqa, al-Sinaa neighborhoods and in al-Bagheeliyeh area and in its surroundings in the western countryside of Deir Ezzor province.

Syria, Iran, Russia Hold Coordination Meetings Ahead of Astana Talks

Syria and Iran have stressed the importance of boosting coordination and consultations ahead of the planned intra-Syrian talks in the Kazakh capital of Astana.

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Jaberi Ansari held a telephone conversation with Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal al-Miqdad on Saturday.

The two diplomats exchanged views about the latest developments prior to the Astana negotiations between representatives from the Syrian government and foreign-sponsored "opposition" groups in Astana on January 23.