Xiaoyan: Geneva Talks Important Step to Reach Political Solution to crisis in Syria

GENEVA– The Chinese Special Envoy for Syria Xie Xiaoyan considered that the intra-Syrian dialogue in Geneva constitutes an important step in the process of reaching a political solution to the crisis in Syria, reiterating China’s support to these talks in a way that brings positive outcomes as soon as possible, SANA reported.

Xie told Chinese News Agency of Xinhua that there are other priorities in Geneva talks, which are boosting de-escalation areas on the ground and achieving some periodic outcomes.

De Mistura Urges Intensifying Anti-Terror Efforts, Implementing Relevant Security Council Resolutions

GENEVA, (ST)- The UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura has urged intensifying anti- terror efforts and implementing the Security Council resolutions relating to funding and arming terrorists.

 In a press conference in Geneva Friday night, de Mistura said "the big change in the tone of speech at the Security Council regarding finding a solution to the crisis in Syria was the result of accumulated efforts exerted in Astana, Amman and Hamburg meetings and of the insistence of all influential parties to put mechanisms that help prepare for a solution to this crisis."

Zarif Urges US to Reconsider its Approach towards JCPOA

New York -Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif suggested the US to reconsider its policy towards the landmark nuclear deal as it is an international agreement and indicated that the policy of force and pressure is inefficient.

“The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) proved that followers of the policy of pressure have finally realized its inefficiency, therefore, the US should also reconsider its approach towards the agreement,” Zarif said upon his arrival at the airport in New York Thursday afternoon local time (early Friday morning in Tehran).

Zarif travelled to US to partake in the United Nations' High-Level Political Forum 2017.

“Those who pressurized Iran saw that the measures would not result in what they sought, and finally found out that the agreement is the best achievement they could ever reach,” Zarif told reporters at the airport.

Brexit without Negotiations Disastrous for UK

The UK government has formally adopted a bill to incorporate the European Union’s law into British law but the EU says many differences with London remain to be ironed out before talks on the British exit from the bloc. Press TV has asked Ian Williams, an expert of the Foreign Policy in Focus from New York, and Adam Garrie, managing editor of theduran.com from London, to give their thoughts about the consequences of Brexit on the UK and the EU, according to Press T.V.

'White Helmets' Participate in Smear Campaign Against Syrian Gov't

MOSCOW— The activities of the so-called White Helmets are a part of a defamation campaign targeting Syrian authorities, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Friday, Sputnik reported.

"In general, we consider the White Helmets to be yet another element of a large-scale information campaign aimed at defamation of the Syrian authorities," Zakharova said at a briefing.

Macron Announces France Shifted Its Priorities in Syria , Says 'Our Main Goal is to Eradicate Terrorism'

France has shifted its priorities in Syria and it is focusing now on defeating terrorism and seeking political stability at home, French President Emmanuel Macron said at a joint press conference with US President Donald Trump, RT reported.

“On the Iraq-Syria situation, we have agreed to continue working together, in particular on the building of a roadmap for the post-war period,” Macron said during a joint news conference in the aftermath of talks with Donald Trump in Paris. “We have asked our diplomats to work in that direction, so in the next few weeks a concrete initiative can be taken and managed by the P5 [the five permanent members of United Nations Security Council(UNSC)].”

US Desperately Preventing International Expert Visits to Syrian Sha'irat Airbase

MOSCOW— The United States is desperately preventing international expert visits to the Syrian Ash Sha'irat airbase that it had attacked with cruise missiles in April after it blamed the Syrian government for an alleged chemical weapon attack on April 4 in Khan Sheikhoun in Syria’s Idlib province, the Russian Foreign Ministry's Nonproliferation Department Chief Mikhail Uliyanov told Sputnik.

The United States' claim that a Syrian military aircraft dropped a sarin bomb near Khan Sheikhoun in April raises serious doubts, Uliyanov said.

Lavrov Urges Syrian "Opposition" to Renounce Ultimatums at Geneva Talks

BRUSSELS- The Syrian opposition should renounce ultimatums and preconditions at the negotiations in Geneva, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Wednesday following talks with his Belgian counterpart Didier Reynders.

"We hope that both the government and the opposition will seek to reach constructive agreements," the minister stressed, according to IItar Tass.