Russian dep foreign minister meets with Syrian ambassador

MOSCOW- Russian presidential envoy for the Middle East and Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov met with Syrian Ambassador to Russia Riyad Haddad at his request on Wednesday, according to ITAR TASS.

They exchanged views on the situation in Syria and around it in light of the preparation for the Geneva II international conference planned to be convened on January 22, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.


UN reps are not going to participate in the Lavor-Kerry meeting on Syria

UNITED NATIONS- The United Nations representatives will stay away from the next meeting between Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on the Syrian settlement, according to Farhan Haq, the deputy of the U.N. secretary-general’s official spokesperson.

He also made it clear that no trilateral consultations in the U.N.-Russia-U.S. format would be held after the Lavrov-Kerry meeting,according to ITAR TASS.

Russia’s Lavrov, US Kerry to meet on January 13 over Iran’s participation in Geneva-2

The United Nations representative said on Monday that Sergei Lavrov and John Kerry would meet on January 13 to discuss Iran’s role in the forthcoming Geneva-2 peace conference for Syria. Later, he told Itar-Tass that he did not know anything about the venue of the Lavrov-Kerry meeting.


First batch of Syrian chemical weapons delivered to Latakia to be loaded on Danish and Norwegian ships

Today, the first batch of Syrian chemical weapons was delivered to the marine port of Latakia, the Al-Mayadeen TV channel reports. The containers will be shipped on two dry-cargo vessels provided by Denmark and Norway.The two dry cargo ships and two guard ships left for the Syrian coast three days ago from a Cypriot port of Limassol,according to Voice of Russia.

The Russian cruiser Petr Velikiy and the Chinese frigate Yancheng will join the sea convoy with chemical materials, which is to lay a course for one of the Italian ports in a few weeks.

In addition, Russia has provided heavy-lift trucks for transporting the toxic substances along the highway from Damascus to Latakia.According to special coordinator of the joint mission of the OPCW and the UN Sigrid Kaag, “a slight delay will not interfere with the operation planned by the international community.”

All chemical weapons should be removed from Syria until February 5, 2014. The most hazardous substances will be destroyed outside the Syrian Republic no later than March 30, 2014, the rest - by June 30, 2014.


Family of French Terrorist Revealed his Killing in Suicide Attack in Homs

Toulouse , France ,(ST)_ In the context of France involvement of supporting terrorism in Syria , father of a French terrorist revealed the killing of his son, who had joined the ranks of terrorists in Syria under the name of " jihad ."
Gerard Bon told AFP that " his ex-wife Dominique Boone received on January 2nda text message announcing the death of her son, Nicolas , who converted to Islam earlier in Syria ," adding " that his second son Jean- Daniel , 22, was also killed in Syria at the beginning of August , 2013 while fighting with terrorists. "
In an article published in " Liberation" newspaper on Saturday, French journalist Jean-Pierre Perrin revealed that about a thousand French citizens joined terrorists in Syria consecutively between 2011 and 2013 .
"I dialed the number that appears on my mobile phone and a man speaking French explained to me that Nicolas , 30, blew himself up by truck with another "fighter" on 22 December, 2013 in Homs region." The mother of the terrorist told " Liberation" newspaper.

Worthy mentioning that  a suicide car bomb attack targeted on December 22nd, 2013 a gathering of schools in Um Al Amad town in Homs countryside , resulted in killing 20 students, and administrative staff , and dozens of wounded .

AFP indicated that the two terrorists traveled to Syria last March via Spain and infiltrated to Syria via Turkey , after they have told their relatives that they were going to Thailand , and joined the so-called al-Qaeda affiliated "state of Islam in Iraq and the Levant " terrorist group .

However, in a book published recently entitled " French intelligence .. new bets ".

 former head of the central administration of the French Interior intelligence Bernard Scowarseniunmasked the policies pursued by France concerning what is happening in Syria since the beginning of the crisis ,

The book indicated countries supporting terrorist groups , stressing the Syrian government efforts in thwarting several attacks, targeting France on its territory .


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UN sends invitations for Syria peace conference: officials

UNITED NATIONS - UN leader Ban Ki-moon on Monday started sending out invitations to a Syria peace conference on January 22, but Iran was not on the first list, a UN spokesman said, according to AFP

US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will meet on January 13 in a bid to decide on whether Iran should take part, said UN deputy spokesman Farhan Haq.

"Iran was not among the first invitations," Haq said.

"US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will meet on January 13 and we very much hope they will reach agreement on Iran s participation," he added.

It was not known if UN envoy Lakhdar Brahimi would be at the January 13 meeting.

Russia has pressed for Iran' s participation in the bid to end the 34-month-old conflict.

Ban has also spoken out in favor of Iranian involvement, but the United States and other western nations have opposed a frontline place for Tehran at the meetings in Switzerland.


Lavrov, Kerry to meet on January 13th to discuss Iran's role in Syrian settlement - UN

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet on January 13th in order to discuss Iran's role in the upcoming peace conference on Syria, acting Deputy Spokesperson for the UN Secretary General Farhan Haq told newsmen today.

"US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will hold a meeting on January 13th, and we hope that they will reach agreement on Iran’s participation," he said . The earlier reports said that their meeting would take place in Paris. According to Voice of Russia.


Foreign ministry: Russia supports Iraqi government’s anti-extremist efforts

 MOSCOW- Russia supports the Iraqi authorities’ policy of counteracting extremism and condemns terrorism in all its manifestations, the Russian foreign ministry said in a statement on Monday, according to ITAR TASS.

 “Tensions and armed violence have been augmenting in the recent days in Iraq,” the ministry said. “Acts of terror claiming numerous human lives, including among civilians, are committed practically every day. On January 5 alone, a car blast in Bagdad killed 15 and wounded more than 40 people. Blood shedding armed clashes continue in Anbar Province to the west of the Iraqi capital city. The governmental forces are pushing "Al Qaeda and Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant militants "from the cities of Fallujah and Ramadi.”

“Moscow resolutely condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, the Russian foreign ministry stressed. “We think it inadmissible to fan inter-religious hatred. We are confident that the current upsurge of violence in Iraq has religious roots and is linked, first and foremost, with the developments in neighboring Syria.”

“Terrorist from Al Qaeda and other groups linked with it, who are active in Iraq and Syria, know no boundaries, they bring death and suffering to peaceful populations,” the ministry added.

The Russian foreign ministry also stressed that Russia supported the Iraqi government’s policy of fighting against extremism and terrorism and offered practical assistance in this fight. “We are confidents that the most efficient way to rebuff criminal designs lies through the soonest political settlement of the crisis in Syria, through reaching national accord in Iraq in the interests of all political forces and ethnic and religious groups,” the ministry said.


Danish, Norwegian ships leave Limassol port for Syrian seacoast

Two Danish and two Norwegian ships have left the Port of Limassol and made the way towards international waters near the Syrian seacoast. Two dry-cargo ships and two coastguard vessels will be in international waters to enter the Syrian port of Latakia at any moment in order to load containers with chemical weapons, Norwegian Defence Ministry spokesman Lars Magne Hovtun said on Friday.

Russian and Chinese military ships - the Pyotr Veliky heavy nuclear missile cruiser and China’s Yan Cheng will ensure security while containers are transported to one of the Italian ports where they will be reloaded to the US Cape Ray for further elimination.

Head of the OPCW-UN Joint Mission Sigrid Kaag said a certain delay did not prevent the international community from conducting the operation.

Chemical weapons should be withdrawn from Syria till February 5, 2014. The most dangerous agents will be eliminated outside Syria not later than March 31, 2014. The others will be eliminated by June 30, 2014,according to Voice of Russia, TASS.