Syrian-Lebanese Joint Will Is to Ensure Dignified Return of Syrian "Refugees" to Their Homeland: Bassil

BEIRUT, (ST)- Lebanese Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Minister Gebran Bassil has stressed that the Syrian-Lebanese joint will is to ensure the return of the displaced Syrians from Lebanon to their homeland, particularly after suitable circumstances have become available and after security and stability has been attained in their areas.

Bassil made the remarks during his visit on Wednesday to the town of Arsal for a meeting with a number of committees representing the Syrian "refugees" who have willfully decided to return to their homeland.

Iran to Start Constructing Re-Designed Arak Heavy Reactor Soon, Says AEOI

The spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) says the country will soon start re-building the Arak heavy water reactor once China finishes examining the last phase of the re-designing process.

China and Iran “have had several contracts that are now operational and various steps of conceptual, basic and detailed designing are completed and after that the construction phase will begin,” Behrouz Kamalvandi said in an interview with the Young Journalists’ Club (YJC) published on Wednesday.

Iranians Never Played Zionist Regime’s Game

TEHRAN - In reaction to Israeli Netanyahu’s offer to help Iranians overcome water crisis, the Iranian energy minister said Wed. that Iranians have never played Zionist regime’s game.

Speaking after attending a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, energy minister Reza Ardakanian said that Netanyahu was dreaming as usual and the Iranian will let the Israeli regime down as they have done during the past 40 years since the victory of the Islamic Revolution.

Ardakanian said that the prime minister of Israeli regime must know that Iranians have successfully managed to overcome their water shortages for thousands of years.

Saudi-Led Forces Begin Assault on Yemen's Hudaydah

Forces backed by the Saudi-led coalition have launched an offensive against Yemen’s Red Sea port city of Hudaydah in defiance of warnings by the UN and international rights groups against the catastrophic repercussions of such a military action.

On Wednesday morning, Saudi-owned Al Arabiya TV network announced the beginning of the Hudaydah operation, which the UN has warned could cause up to 250,000 deaths, according to Press TV.

The Saudi-led military alliance is providing air cover to the operation.

Iranian Military Advisors Are in Syria Based on Syrian Government's Formal Request: Rouhani

TEHRAN- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has stressed  that despite the illegitimate presence of some foreign countries' forces in Syria, Iranian military advisors are in the country based on its government's formal request with the purpose of fighting terrorism.

Rouhani made the remarks during a Tuesday phone call with his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron.

He welcomes the continuation of consultations with France on ways to establish peace and stability in Syria.

According to Press TV, Rouhani expressed hope that terrorism would be eradicated in Syria through joint efforts by pro-Syrian government forces and people so that there would be no need to foreign forces.