British Foreign Secretary Urges International Community to Stick to Iran Deal

London - Iran nuclear deal makes the world safer, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson says, noting that’s why it is vital that the international community sticks to the deal.

Johnson's remarks came on Wednesday at the start of his visit to Washington.

'It took thirteen years of tireless diplomacy between the UK, the US, our European partners and Iran to make the world a safer place,' Johnson was quoted as saying by the official website of the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

'Now it is not the moment to put that at risk,' he added.

Russia, US to Continue Cooperation on Syria — Russian Foreign Ministry

MOSCOW- Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov and US Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman have reaffirmed resolve to continue cooperation on the Syrian settlement, the Russian Foreign Ministry said, adding that the meeting was initiated by the US side, Itar Tass reported.

"The conversation focused on the situation in Syria with an emphasis on prospects for the intra-Syrian negotiations," the ministry said. It said the diplomats reaffirmed resolve "to continue cooperation with an aim to ensure de-escalation of tension in Syria".

Investigation of Chemical Attacks in Syria Came Under Pressure From UNSC – JIM

UNITED NATIONS – The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons joint investigative mechanism's (JIM) head Edmond Mulet has said that countries should act in a united front to stop the use of chemical weapons from happening instead of using the chemical files for their own political gains, stressing that attempts to influence the Mechanism’s work has come from direct contact with Council members, Sputnik reported.

Mogherini: US Should Comply with Iran Nuclear Deal

The EU foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, says the bloc is working with US Congress and President Donald Trump’s administration to ensure Washington’s compliance with Iran’s nuclear agreement.

Speaking at a Tuesday news conference in Washington, Mogherini said she had underlined the importance of the landmark nuclear deal in meetings with administration officials and lawmakers in Washington this week.

Mogherini expressed hope that the US would fulfill its obligations under the deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of action (JCPOA), saying, "We want to see the United States continue its implementation in the future", according to Press TV.

 “The EU has a security interest in keeping the deal working," she added.

Witnesses Say US Helicopters Transfer Daesh Commanders From Syria's Mayadin

Several sources have told RIA Novosti about the transfer of Daesh commanders by "US military aviation" from a Syrian town in an unknown direction.

US helicopters have transferred Daesh commanders from the town of al-Mayadin before the launch of the Syrian army's operation, eyewitnesses told RIA Novosti.

"American military aviation first made a maneuver in the area […] near a Mayadin farm. Then [ the aviation] launched an airstrike, we tried to hide and saw several US helicopters. There were foreign Daesh commanders on the ground, who were waiting for them next to their headquarters… The helicopters took them outside of Mayadin," a local shepherd, Muhammad Awad Hussein, told RIA Novosti.

He further said that he saw "US aviation… first a sound from it, then a massive strike that was followed by the US helicopters' flight and transportation of Daesh leaders after which the airstrikes ceased."

Fight Against Terror in Syria Almost Over: Lavrov

MOSCOW- Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has stressed that the fight against terrorism in Syria is almost over.

"The political process is becoming more and more important, as far as the Syrian crisis is concerned, because the fight against terrorism on the Syrian territory is nearing its completion," said Lavrov, Sputnik reported.

He echoed the statement previously made by Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu who said that the country's military operation in Syria is nearing its end. According to the Russian Defense Ministry's data, over 90 percent of the Arab Republic's territory has been freed from terrorists.

Terrorism, Sectarianism Main Issues Affilicting Muslim World: Rouhani

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani says terrorism as well as sectarian and ethnic rifts are the two main issues afflicting the Muslim world, blaming some world powers for creating and spreading such divisions.

"[These] powers are not interested in unity and brotherly [ties] among Muslims, because if such unity and brotherhood is promoted, Muslim countries will undoubtedly be able to solve their problems without the involvement of others,” Rouhani said in a meeting with Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff Qamar Javed Bajwa in Tehran on Monday, according to Press TV.

Total Starts Work in Iran

Tehran-Ministry of Cooperative, Labor and Social Welfare announced on Monday that authorization for the occupation of experts and directors of 'Total-Iran BV' Oil Company have been issued.

Directorate general for foreign national employment affiliated to the Ministry said that Total-Iran BV Oil Company was registered in Iran in October 2017.

The company is due to invest in upstream, midstream and downstream projects of oil and gas projects.

The first new oil contract in post-JCPOA era was signed in July 3, 2017 between National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) and an international consortium led by French Total Oil Company to develop Phase 11 of South Pars.