Syria, Iraq, Russia, Iran Review Achievements of Counterterrorism Process

BAGHDAD, (ST)- Delegations from Syria, Iraq, Russia and Iran participating in the Quadripartite Information Exchange and Coordination Center on Saturday discussed achievements  realized in the counterterrorism process which led to major defeats of terrorist organizations in Syria and Iraq.

During the Center's Fourth Annual Conference in Baghdad, the delegations affirmed the need to enhance the work of the center which has become a key element in the war on terror.

Guterres: Yemen’s Houthis, Ex-Govt. Agree to Ceasefire in Hudaydah

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says the Yemeni warring parties have reached an agreement on a ceasefire in the Red Sea port city of Hudaydah, as a new round of peace talks aimed at ending nearly four years of a brutal Saudi-led war on its southern neighbor came to a close in Sweden, Press TV reported.

The UN chief made the announcement on Thursday, shortly after the delegations of Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement and the country’s former Saudi-backed government agreed that the world body play a “leading role” at the vital port, which is currently controlled by the Houthis.

“There is a ceasefire declared for the whole governorate of Hudaydah in the agreement and there will be both from the city and the harbor a withdrawal of all forces,” Guterres said, adding that after the pullout, the UN would begin facilitating aid access to the civilian population.

Saudi Military Can't Fight Way out of Paper Bag, Says US Senator

A Republican US senator, often an ally of President Donald Trump, has echoed the president's derogatory remarks about Saudi Arabia's military capabilities, saying the Saudi military "can't fight [its way] out of a paper bag."

In pointed remarks made to Fox News on Sunday, Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, who is a hawk on Iran, said Saudi Arabia would be defeated by Iran militarily "in about a week" if it did not have the support of the United States.

UN Eyes 2019 Yemen Peace Talks

Another round of talks on the Saudi-led war on Yemen will likely take place in the coming months, sources said, as warring parties met for UN-sponsored talks in Sweden.

The Sweden initiative marks the first meeting between the two sides since the 2016 breakdown of talks to end the Saudi war, which has claimed more than 15,000 lives since 2015 when the aggression began.

It has triggered the world's worst humanitarian crisis, with nearly 14 million Yemenis at risk of mass starvation as violence, poverty, disease and blockades cause huge suffering to the impoverished country.

The talks are not aimed at finding a solution to the Yemen conflict, according to the UN.

Zarif Calls for Respecting Int'l Regulations

 Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in a message called for respecting international law to have stronger region.

'Our region has had far too many strongmen who have only caused war & misery. What we need is a stronger REGION rather than strongmen. For this we need dialogue, respect for international law, inclusion, security networking, economic cooperation, and more people-to-people contact,' Zarif tweeted on Sunday.