Syrian Diplomat Lauds Aid by Iran, IRGC

TEHRAN– A Syrian deputy foreign minister lauded Iran and the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) for assisting his country in the fight against terrorism at the request of the Damascus government, saying it contributed to Syria’s success to protect its sovereignty and national unity.

In an exclusive interview with the Tasnim News Agency in Damascus, Faisal Mekdad said Iran, including a large number of its experts from the IRGC and other forces, rushed to help Syria in the war against Takfiri terrorist groups as soon as the Arab country requested assistance.

Iran’s President: Sochi Summit Prelude to Congress on Syria’s Future

TEHRAN– Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said the Wednesday’s summit with his Russian and Turkish counterparts should pave the way for a subsequent congress for Syrian-Syrian talks about the future of the Arab country in the post-Daesh era.

Speaking to reporters in Tehran on Wednesday morning before departing for Russia’s Sochi, President Rouhani said the summit he is going to attend would be of great significance, given the successful results of a series of Syria peace talks brokered by Iran, Russia and Turkey, which have been in progress in Astana over the past 11 months, according to the Tasnim News Agancy.

President Rouhani: Daesh terrorist group uprooted

Tehran– President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday welcomed defeat of the terrorists plots in the region saying that the foundation of terror groups is uprooted and it is a'great achievement'.

Speaking in a local gathering, President Rouhani also congratulated Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, armed forces and peoples of Iran, Iraq, Syria as well as Lebanon on termination of the Daesh terrorist group in the region, according to IRNA.

General Soleimani congratulates Ayatollah Khamenei on victory over Daesh

Major General Qassem Soleimani, who commands the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), has congratulated Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on the collapse of the Takfiri terror group Daesh in Iraq and Syria.

In a congratulatory message to the Leader on Tuesday, General Soleimani hailed the “great victory” over Daesh which was materialized thanks to the prudent leadership of Ayatollah Khamenei and the sacrifices of all resistance fighters in Iraq and Syria, Tehran Times reported.

Libya Slave Auctions Slammed as Crime against Humanity

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres says the reported auctions of African refugees in Libya as slaves amount to “crimes against humanity,” calling for an immediate investigation into the matter.

US television network CNN aired last week footage of a live auction in Libya where black men were being sold for as little as 400 dollars to North African buyers as farmhands.

"Slavery has no place in our world and these actions are among the most egregious abuses of human rights and may amount to crimes against humanity," Guterres told reporters on Monday, Press TV reported.

"I am horrified at news reports and video footage showing African migrants in Libya reportedly being sold as slaves," the UN chief said. "I abhor these appalling acts."

Guterres called on "all competent authorities" to investigate the slave auctions without delay, requesting relevant UN bodies "to actively pursue this matter" and bring perpetrators to justice.