Non-Independence Solution Possible for Catalonia – Ousted Leader Puigdemont

Carles Puigdemont, the deposed leader of Catalonia who fought hard for the region to break free from Spain, now says he is willing to accept a new relationship with Madrid which does not involve independence.

Speaking to Belgian newspaper Le Soir, Puigdemont said that “another solution which isn’t independence is possible.” He added that he is willing to “accept the reality of another relationship with Spain.”

Puigdemont acknowledged that he remains pro-independence and worked to achieve that goal for Catalonia for years. However, he said “the arrival of [José María] Aznar to power stopped that process.” Aznar, a People’s Party (PP) politician, was the prime minister of Spain from 1996 to 2004.

IAEA Reaffirms Iran’s Compliance with 2015 Nuclear Deal

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has once again confirmed that Iran remains in compliance with its commitments under the landmark nuclear agreement it signed with the P5+1 group of countries more than two years ago.

Iran's stock of low-enriched uranium was 96.7 kilograms as of November 5, well below a 202.8-kg limit, and the level of enrichment did not exceed the 3.67-percent cap, according to the IAEA’s confidential report sent to the agency’s member states and seen by Reuters.

Moscow: OPCW-UN Report Conclusions on Alleged Use of Sarin Gas by Syrian Government Baseless

MOSCOW- Russian Foreign Ministry said that conclusions of UN-OPCW report which claims the Syrian government responsibility for use of Sarin gas are “baseless”.

The Russian Foreign ministry said in a statement on Saturday that the UN-OPCW report on Khan Sheikhoun focuses solely on justifying the conclusions presented by the US that Damascus is responsible for the chemical attacks and tailors the facts to this version, according to SANA.

Dialogue among Syrians Only Way to End Crisis in Syria

DAMASCUS, (ST)- The Syrian dialogue which guarantees reaching a political solution is the only way to end the crisis in Syria, China's Ambassador in Damascus Qi Qianjin has stressed.

 Qianjin made the remarks on the sidelines of the Youth Dialogue Forum titled "Together for a Homeland Built by Youths" and which was organized by three Syrian parties: Shabab al-Binaa Wataghyeer,  Souria al-Watan and Souria al-Shaab.

He stressed the need to enhance youths' role in social and political life in Syria, noting that youths' positive participation in dialogue gives it great momentum.

Putin, Trump Confirm Commitment to Syria's Sovereignty, Independence, Territorial Integrity

 DANANG, VIETNAM- Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump, in a joint statement on Syria approved on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific summit, agreed to continue joint efforts on fighting so-called "Islamic State" in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants until it is defeated, the Kremlin said on Saturday, the "Straits Times" website reported.

The two leaders also confirmed their commitment to Syria's sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity and called on all parties to the Syrian conflict to take an active part in the Geneva political process.

Gatilov, de Mistura to Discuss Preparations for Holding Next Round of Intra-Syrian Talks in Geneva

GENEVA-Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov will hold consultations in Geneva on November 14 with the UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura to discuss preparations for the eighth round of the intra-Syrian talks, Russia’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations Office in Geneva said, according SANA.

 “During the meeting, the sides will discuss issues of preparations for the new round of intra-Syrian talks and also a planned Syrian National Dialogue Congress,” the mission said.

Shoigo: Work in Progress on Demining Deir Ezzor, Al-Mayadeen

MOSCOW- Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu on Friday said that work is in progress on demining Syria's Deir Ezzor and Al-Mayadeen cities.

" Today we started demining and clearing Abu Kamal. That’s the last major stronghold where a fairly large group of terrorists was concentrated. Some of them were wiped out, while some others crossed the Euphrates and are moving northwards. I hope they will receive a worthy ‘welcome’ there," Shoigu said at the military board of Russia and Belarus, Itar Tass reported.

Putin: US Wants to Disrupt Upcoming Russian Presidential Election

The Russian President has said he is “worried” Washington has plans to stir up trouble at the 2018 presidential election, in response to Moscow’s alleged meddling in last year’s vote in the US.

“In response to our alleged interference in their election, [the Americans] want to create problems with the presidential election in Russia,” Putin stated Thursday. In order to do so, Washington might use its “broad connections and dependency” mechanisms in the Olympics committee, the Russian leader said during his official visit to the city of Chelyabinsk.

The president said he is “worried” and has “strong suspicions” the US might attempt to create a certain “disgruntled” atmosphere in the sports community, as the 2018 Winter Olympic Games and the election in Russia will closely coincide.