Envoy calls for protection of critical infrastructure against terrorist attacks

New York - Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the

Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations Gholamali Khoshroo urged the international community to provide mechanisms for protection of critical infrastructure against terrorist attacks.

 Addressing the open debate of the Security Council 'Protection of Critical Infrastructure Against Terrorist Attacks' in New York on 13 Feb 2017, Khosroo said

terrorist acts against critical infrastructure create the state of terror in the public and inflict adverse consequences on the economic and social development of states, including the possible disruption of the delivery of basic services, according to IRNA.

Astana says Syria talks participants to discuss sanctions for ceasefire violations

ASTANA- Participants in the next Astana meeting on Syria will discuss ceasefire monitoring and sanctions for ceasefire violations, Kazakhstan’s Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov told reporters on Tuesday.

"In particular, a mechanism for recording ceasefire violations as well as sanctions against those who violate the ceasefire will be discussed," he said. Abdrakhmanov added that "Turkey will soon provide information about its delegation members" while the Kazakh Foreign Ministry "expects Turkey also to provide information about the delegation of the Syrian armed opposition.",  Tass reported.

Lebanese President Meets Egyptian Counterpart in Cairo, Calls for Solidarity against Terrorism

CAIRO- Lebanon President Michel Aoun called, during a joint press conference with his Egyptian counterpart Abdul Fatah Al-Sisi in Cairo on Monday, for establishing solidarity against terrorism, emphasizing the need for a just and comprehensive peace.

According to the Lebanese National News Agency, President Aoun called upon the Egyptian President to visit Lebanon, noting that his official visit to Egypt aimed at “emphasizing the brotherly relations between the two countries.”

"Discussions have touched on the heated situation in the Middle East,” General Aoun said, pinning hopes on Egypt’s key role in this regard.

Hezbollah Official: Iran Source of Stability in Region

TEHRAN– Hezbollah Resistance Movement's second-in-command, Sheikh Naim Qassem, urged Gulf countries to cooperate with Iran if they want to contribute to regional security.

"If  Gulf countries want to thrive and live at ease, they should cooperate with Iran," Qassem said in a speech on Saturday marking the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran, The Daily Star reported, according to The Tasnim News Agency.

He added that "cooperating with Iran is (a source) of power for the Gulf's security and stability and the future of the region."

Saudi Airstrike Kills Ten Civilians in Southern Yemen

Nearly a dozen civilians have lost their lives when Saudi military aircraft carried out an airstrike against a residential neighborhood in Yemen's southwestern province of Ta'izz.

Ten civilians were killed on Saturday afternoon, when Saudi warplanes struck a house in the Red Sea port city of Mukha, situated 346 kilometers south of the capital, Sana'a, Arabic-language al-Masirah television network reported.

Later in the day, Yemeni soldiers and their allies fired several artillery shells at al-Karas, al-Zaqilah and al-Qawiyah military camps in Saudi Arabia’s southwestern border region of Jizan on Saturday.