Patriarch Rahi's Easter Message: Stop Terrorist War on Syria

BEIRUT, (ST)- The Maronite Patriarch Cardinal Bshara Butros al-Rahi renewed his call for stopping the terrorist war on Syria and on some countries in the region including Iraq, Egypt, Palestine, Yemen and Libya. He also urged putting an end to terrorism funding.

 Al-Rahi, in his Easter Message on Saturday, said "we call on the international community to adopt deterring action against the countries which cover takfiri movements and terrorist organizations and which provide arms and financial support for terrorism to serve their own sinister interests."

Gamal Abdel Nasser's Son Likens Aggression on Syria to 1956 Tripartite Aggression on Egypt

Son of the late Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser has said the U.S. aggression, which is supported by France, Britain and the Zionist entity, against Syria is similar to the tripartite aggression on Egypt in 1956.

Eng. Abdel Hakim Abdel Nasser told the Lebanese 'al-Benaa' newspaper on Friday: "France, Britain and America fought Egypt and Egyptian people using missiles, blockade and starvation. But they failed to weaken Egyptians' resolve."

Iran’s Rouhani Submits Name for Presidential Race

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has put his name down for the upcoming 12th presidential election. Rouhani arrived at the Iranian Interior Ministry's Election Office on Friday.

The registration process for the May 19 presidential election began on Tuesday and is scheduled to close on Saturday, according to Press TV.

Rouhani was elected as President of Iran on June 15, 2013 defeating Tehran mayor Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf and four other candidates. He took office on August 3, 2013.

Four years ago, Rouhani entered the 11th presidential contest with a slogan of “moderation” and succeeded in winning in the first round with some 50.88 percent of the vote.

'Promises kept'

Addressing reporters after putting his name down, Rouhani said the pledges he gave the Iranian nation during the campaign for his first term in office have been fulfilled

He added that the economic performance of the 11th Iranian administration was better than those of its predecessors in recent years, saying a project "unprecedented in the Iranian economy" and valued at 20 billion dollars would be inaugurated in the port city of Assaluyeh in the southern Iranian province of Bushehr next week.

Tunisian Parliament Calls for Restoring Diplomatic Ties with Syria

TUNIS, (ST)- Four Tunisian Parliamentary blocs on Thursday submitted a draft  decision that calls for restoring diplomatic ties with Syria, urging the Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi to practice his constitutional authorities and adopt necessary procedures in this regard.

According to Tunis Africa News Agency (Agence Tunis Afrique Presse), the blocs of al-Hurra, the Popular Front, the Free National Union and the Afaq Tunis submitted the daft decision to the Tunisian Parliament's office in order to be passed to a plenary session for voting.

Zarif, Lavrov, Muallem to meet in Moscow

TEHRAN – Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will head to Moscow on Friday to hold talks with Russian and Syrian counterparts on the latest developments in the Syrian battlefield after the recent U.S. missile attack.

Tehran and Moscow both confirmed the visit.

“Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif with visit Moscow on Friday to participate in a meeting with foreign ministers of Russia and Syria,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi said on Wednesday, according to Tehran Times.

The last time the top diplomats sat down together was October 28, 2016.