Hezbollah Denies Sending Drone to Israel

BEIRUT,(ST)_ Hezbollah denied  Israeli allegations that the Israeli drone shot  down by the Israeli air force belonged  to Hezbollah.

"Hezbollah denies that it has sent any drone toward the airspaces of occupied Palestine," a statement issued by the party's media relations department  said Thursday  evening.

Earlier in the day, Thursday, the Israeli army said it  intercepted and shot down a drone plane , eight kilometers from the coast of Haifa city and Israel 's Deputy War Minister Danny Danon accused  Hezbollah of sending  this plane.

 

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Dialogue Only Way to Solve Crisis in Syria- Lahhoud

BEIRUT,(ST)_ Former Lebanese President Emile Lahoud stressed  the need to start a dialogue between the Syrians as the only way to resolve the crisis in Syria.

In a televised interview on Thursday evening, Lahoud called on "the Lebanese government" to permit the Lebanese army carry out its role in preventing the flow of arms and militants across the Lebanese border into Syria.

Lahoud noted three points of strengths in Syria: the people , the army and the leader " and  expressed satisfaction with the conduct of the battles fought by the Syrian Arab army against armed terrorist groups.

He denounced the decisions taken by the Arab League AL regarding the situation in Syria, adding that the AL needs a leader like President Bashar al-Assad.

Lahoud pointed out that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is delusional to that he believes he has a role in the Middle East and that his ambition is to join  the European market by supporting the armed terrorist groups in Syria , providing  them with weapons and military equipment and opening  training camps.

 

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Boroujerdi Blames US for Al-Qaeda's Terrorist Activities in Syria

Chairman of the Iranian parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi took the US responsible for al-Qaeda terrorist activities in Syria, and stressed that Washington is supporting the terrorist group in line with the interests of 'Israel".

The US encourages al-Qaeda members to enter Syria from different countries and carry out the massacre of Syrians, Boroujerdi said on Wednesday.

He stated that Syria is the axis of support for the resistance front in the fight against the Zionist regime, and added, "And therefore, the US and its allies are using all their financial, political and arms facilities to change the political structure of this country in line with the interests of the Zionist regime."

Boroujerdi noted the destruction of Syria's infrastructure by foreign-sponsored armed groups shows the Israeli regime's direct interference in the war on the Arab state,according to FNA.

In relevant development, a terrorist group affiliated to the Afghan Taliban announced earlier today that it will decapitate anyone who cooperates with the Syrian government in Syria, no matter it is a man, woman or a child.

"We will decapitate anyone who interacts with the Syrian government, even if he/she is a Muslim," the terrorist group, which introduces itself as the Taliban of Syria, said in a statement released in video footages on Sunday.

Earlier reports also said that several militants active along Pak-Afghan border and aligned with Taliban were travelling to Lebanon and Turkey via the Gulf states to join the so-called 'Free Syria Army' terrorist group against the Syrian government government.

Reliable sources said in March that as many as fifty militants have already made their way to join the Free Syria Army while dozen others are already preparing to join the movement within next few days and weeks.

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PA Speaker Due in Tehran Next Week

Peoples Assembly Speaker  Mohammad Jihad al-Laham is slated to pay a visit to Iran in coming days, a prominent Iranian lawmaker announced on Wednesday,according to FNA.

Chairman of the Iranian Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi made the remarks in a press conference here in Tehran today.

"The Syrian parliament speaker will pay a visit to Tehran next week to discuss regional issues (with Iranian officials)," Boroujerdi said.

Boroujerdi, heading a senior parliamentary delegation, was in Damascus last week and met with President Bashar al-Assad and the country's senior officials .

During the meetings with Syrian officials, Boroujerdi and his accompanying delegation discussed bilateral ties, regional issues and specially the crisis in Syria.

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Iran, Russia exchange views on Syrian developments

 Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian conferred on Wednesday with his Russian Counterpart Mikhail Bogdanov on latest developments in the region mainly in Syria.

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Mikhail Bogdanov is now in Tehran at the official invitation of Iran's deputy foreign minister for the Arab and African affairs to discuss regional developments, according to IRNA.

The Russian official praised the vital role of Iran in restoring stability and security of the region and called for continued negotiations between the two sides.

Elaborating Moscow's stand on Syria, he referred to recent visit of Egypt president to Moscow and the country's initiatives on Syrian developments.

He expressed the hope that the trilateral meeting between Iran, Egypt and Turkey on Syrian developments to bear fruits and help halt meddling of foreign countries in Syria and all witness end of the crisis in the country through diplomatic and democratic ways.

"Assessment of the Iranian counterpart on regional developments will leave curial impacts on Russia prior to adopting any policy and that such talks between the two sides will continue in Moscow."

Amir-Abdollahian, for his part highlighted Iran's stand on regional developments and Syria, in particular and underlined that this should be resolved through political means and national dialogue and voiced Tehran's readiness to help resolve the issue.

The two officials also reviewed regional developments in Iraq, Bahrain, Palestine and Egypt.

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