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Syria still facing threats posed by US, Turkey

TEHRAN– The Chairman of Iran’s Strategic Council on Foreign Relations Kamal Kharrazi said despite recent victories, Syria is still facing problems on behalf of the US, Turkey, and some other hostile countries, according to the Mehr News Agancy.

Kamal Kharrazi made the remarks in a meeting with Deputy Secretary General of Syria’s Ba'ath party Hilal al-Hilal on Saturday. He said “regardless of military issues, it is expected that the influence of antagonistic countries will continue on cultural and economic issues.”

In the meeting, Kharrazi stated "Syria needs reconstruction and economic prosperity, therefore, some countries like Saudi Arabia and the UAE, are trying to have influence in Syria in different ways.”

Sabbagh: Syria, Russia Are Partners in Achieving Victories against Terrorism

DAMASCUS – Speaker of the People’s Assembly Hammoudeh Sabbagh said on Saturday that Syria and Russia are partners in achieving victories over terrorism and they will be partners in rebuilding what has been destroyed by terrorism in Syria.

According to SANA, during a meeting a delegation from the Russian State Duma, headed by Dmitry Sablin, Sabbagh and the delegation discussed bilateral cooperation between the two countries in all fields, especially parliamentary relations and means to develop them.

Sabbagh affirmed the importance of developing relations between Syria and Russia, which have been baptized by the blood of the Syrians and Russians that was spilled on Syrian soil, expressing the Syrians’ appreciation of Russia’s stances in support of Syria’s sovereignty and its independent decision.

Syrian Arab Army units reach Abu al-Dohour military airport

Aleppo/Idleb – Syrian Arab Army units reached Abu al-Dohour military airport along with advancing allied forces after restoring control over a number of strategic villages and hills, as Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists and groups affiliated to it flee the airport.

SANA said that army units advancing from Aleppo’s southern and southeastern countryside continued their operations during the last few hours, reaching Abu al-Dohour airport after regaining control over al-Jaakieh, Hamidieh Shdad, al-Hamidieh villages.

Syria Strongly Condemns Turkey's Aggression on Afrin

DAMASCUS– Syria strongly condemned the Turkish aggression on the city of Afrin, calling on the international community to take steps to stop it immediately.

An official source at the Foreign and Expatriates Ministry said on Saturday that the Syrian Arab Republic strongly condemns the flagrant Turkish aggression on the city of Afrin, which is an integral part of Syrian territory, stressing that this aggression is the most recent in a series of Turkish transgressions against Syrian sovereignty, SANA reported.

Army reaches outskirts of Abu al-Duhour Airport

Aleppo - Units of the Syrian Arab Army restored control over Qaytal village in the southern countryside of Aleppo province.

SANA said that army units, in cooperation with allied forces, on Friday continued their operations against terrorists’ hotbeds and fortified positions in the southern countryside of the province, restoring control over Qaytal village after killing a number of terrorists and eliminating the last gatherings of Jabhat al-Nusra and its affiliated terrorist groups in it.

Lavrov: West Turns Blind Eye to Use of Chemical Weapons by Terrorists in Syria

NEW YORK- Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov asserted that the West turns a blind eye to the terrorists’ use of chemical weapons in Syria and rejects to condemn them; rather, it prefers to accuse the Syrian Government to serve its targets, according to SANA.

Lavrov, during a UN Security Council session on Non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, added that terrorists having the technique of manufacturing chemical materials raise worries”, affirming that this danger goes beyond the Middle East with the existence of a large number of foreign terrorists who gained experience in manufacturing such type of weapons.

Information Minister Criticizes US Contradicting Policies in the region

DAMASCUS, (ST)- Information Minister Imad Sara has criticized the US contradicting policies in the region, saying "the United States claims that it is fighting Daesh terrorist organization in Syria while, in fact, it is supporting, funding and arming this terror group. It also talks about countries' sovereignty and peoples' right to decide their future, but, at the same time, it violates the sovereignty of many countries and disrespects peoples' right to self determination . "

The minster made the remarks during his meeting on Thursday with a delegation representing the Federation of Arab American Associations FEARAB –America.