All Efforts Should be Mobilized to Solve Crisis in Syria- Lebanese FM

BEIRUT,(ST)_ "What is happening in Syria requires everyone to contribute to finding a political solution to its crisis." Lebanese Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Adnan Mansour said on Tuesday.

In a pre-departure statement  for Moscow  to take part in the meetings of the Arab-Russian Forum due today (Tuesday), Mansour explained he will meet Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov  and several topics on the agenda will be discussed with the Russian side , including the  current situation in the Middle East and the Arab region and  ways to find a solution  to the current crisis in Syria.
On the  upcoming Forum, Mansour pointed out that it  will furnish for the  future of relations between Russia and the Arab countries as  from the current year through  2015.

He continued that the forum will also address  economic, political cultural, scientific and commercial issues. A matter  which would strengthen ties binding  Russia and  the Arab World.

 

T. Fateh

Largest Glass Factory in the Middle East

TEHRAN, (ST) - The largest glass factory for the production of glass in the Middle East was inaugurated in the city of Yazd in central Iran.
The thickness of the  glass produced in the factories in Yazd is up to 19 millimeters in addition to various types of glass which includes industrial glass used in cars, mirrors, break-resistant as a part of it is consumed in the local market and the rest is exported to overseas.
These plants are ranked third in the world after America and China and provide more than a thousand jobs.
The Iranian glass is exported to 14 countries in the world, including Turkey, India, Brazil and the countries of Central Asia and the Middle East.
On the other hand, a factory for steel production was in inaugurated in the governorate of Yazd in central Iran with a production capacity of up to 800 thousand tons of steel, and 800 thousand tons of sponge iron annually.

Sh. Kh.

Turkish demonstrators for expulsion of US and NATO

ANKARA,(ST) _ Hundreds of Turkish demonstrators gathered on Saturday in the center of the capital Ankara expressing anger and rejection over the deployment of Patriot missiles batteries on the border between Turkey and Syria.
Reuters reported that about 150 Turkish citizens gathered in the downtown of the capital  to denounce the deployment of these missiles, chanting "Let's  expel the US and NATO from our country and region."
By the end of January, angry Turkish youngsters  attacked  German soldiers, who arrived to Turkey to run Patriot missile batteries in southern Turkey,  in protest against the deployment of NATO missiles .  

Moreover, Iskenderun and Adana witnessed  overwhelming protests against the deployment of these missiles.

The hostile policies of the Turkish Justice  and Development Party are met with widespread popular rejection in Turkey, especially in regard with  NATO mission  to deploy Patriot missiles in Turkey .

T.F

Lebanese Army Arrests 11 Persons Smuggling Weapons to Syria

BEIRUT,(ST)_ Lebanese army units deployed in Arsal area on Thursday evening and Friday morning detained 11 persons including  four Syrians  and seized with them large amounts of weapons, ammunition and military materiel in the steppe leading to the Lebanese border with Syria

 A statement by the Directorate of Guidance  in the Lebanese Army Command  said that units of the Lebanese army continues its security procedures and breaking in operations to arrest persons  wanted to justice and fights against acts of infiltration and smuggling of weapons and contraband.

The statement added that detainees were handed over with seizures to the competent authorities while  military forces continue to pursue others.

 These measures come after the attack, against one  unit  the Lebanese army resulted in  killing an army  officer and his assistant.

In a report the Lebanese Al-Manar TV said that the arrests of the Lebanese Army Intelligence on Thursday night in  Arsal  mountainous area of the  Lebanese Bekaa affected persons while trying to smuggle and transport arms and ammunition to inside Syria.

The channel , added that  preliminary security information reported that intelligence detained  five people at night : three Syrians and two Lebanese from Arsal trying to smuggle assault rifles ,  night binoculars and grenades,  adding that Lebanese army units were able to arrest these people near the main entrance of Arsal and handed  them over to the army intelligence for investigation  and then to bring  them before the  military justice. 

S.T

US,EU send Terrorists To Syria,says Khatami

"The US and the European Union have been exporting terrorists to Syria for two years; however, Syrian-Syrian talks are the only solution to the Syrian problem,"said  Tehran's provisional Friday Prayers Leader Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami

Earlier this month, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad underlined that the Syrian people are the only ones who have the right to determine their own fate,according to FNA.

"Our efforts are aimed at making the Syrian groups close and harbingering compromise among them, holding free and fair elections, so that that the nation would decide about its fate all by itself," Ahmadinejad said an interview with Egypt's Nile TV.

"The prevailing conditions in Syria bother us, because regardless of who gets killed, they are all Syrian people," he added.

" Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011 with organized attacks by well-armed gangs against Syrian police forces and border guards being reported across the country.

Hundreds of people, including members of the security forces, have been killed, when some protest rallies turned into armed clashes.

The government blames outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorist groups for the deaths, stressing that the unrest is being orchestrated from abroad.

M.W