French Governments' Wrong Policies towards Syria Criticized

BEIRUT, (ST)- French Popular Republican Union (UPR) Party leader Francois Asselineau has stressed that the former and current French governments have adopted wrong stances towards Syria; stances that have nothing to do with the principles of the France  of Charles de Gaulle.

During his meeting on Monday in Lebanon with Secretary of the Leading Commission of the  Free Nasirists Movement in Lebanon Mustafa Hamdan, Asselineau said his party has opposed the foreign policies of the French government in the region since 2011, particularly regarding Syria. He reiterated that he supports respecting the international law and the principle of not interfering in the internal affairs of other countries.

Iran Slams 'Psychological War' to Disrupt Ties with Europe

Iran has hit out at a "psychological war" targeting its ties with Europe after reports that Iranian assets in Germany had been frozen ahead of a US deadline to re-impose sanctions on the Islamic Republic, Press T.V reported.

The freeze report came as ministers from Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia met their Iranian counterpart in Vienna Friday to provide Tehran with an economic package to compensate for US sanctions that begin taking effect in August.

Nuclear Deal Parties Resolved to Stand up to US Departure: Zarif

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says all the remaining signatories to a 2015 landmark nuclear agreement have political will to stand up to the United States' move to withdraw from the deal.

Zarif made the remarks while addressing reporters in the Austrian capital Vienna on Friday following a meeting with his counterparts from Britain, France, Germany, China and Russia for the first time since US President Donald Trump pulled Washington out from the nuclear accord, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, in May, according to Press TV.

Moscow Welcomes Damascus' Call on Displaced Syrians to Return to Their Country

MOSCOW- Moscow supports an official statement published in Damascus on July 3, in which the Syrian government called on refugees to return home, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement published on its official website, Interfax reported.

"Moscow welcomes the abovementioned statement indicating Damascus's determination to restore the unity of Syria and Syrians and to move to peaceful life and reconstruction as soon as possible," the statement says.

"The return of Syrian refugees to their homeland would promote the stabilization of the situation both in Syria itself and in the Middle Eastern region as a whole and the lessening of the financial-economic burden and social inconveniencies; this problem exists in numerous countries, primarily Syria's neighbors," it said.

Russia Says Will Leave No Stone Unturned to Keep Iran Nuclear Deal Alive

Russia says it will do everything possible to keep the 2015 Iran nuclear deal alive after the US chose to unilaterally abandon the international agreement, vowing continued trade cooperation with Tehran despite the return of American sanctions, Press T.V reported.

The Russian Foreign Ministry made the comments in a statement quoted by the Interfax news agency on Thursday without further details.

In early May, the administration of US President Donald Trump pulled the country out of the nuclear agreement, dealing a blow to the outcome of years of international diplomacy and teamwork.

The White House also said it would impose the "highest level of" economic sanctions against Iran.

Zakharova Calls for Facilitating Return of Displaced Syrians to Their Homeland

MOSCOW, (ST)- Spokeswoman of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova has reiterated the need to lift the coercive unilateral measures imposed by the West on the Syrian people and to facilitate the return of displaced Syrians to their homeland, pointing out that these measures are hindering the political solution to the crisis in the country.

In a press conference in Moscow on Thursday, Zakharova said the Syrian government has urged citizens, who were forced by the war and terrorist attacks to leave the country, to return home particularly after the Syrian army has liberated most of the terrorist-held areas, the Syrian news agency SANA reported.

US Responsible for Insecurity in Middle East

Belgrade - Advisor to Iran’s Foreign Minister Mojtaba Zahrani said on Thursday that the US is responsible for terrorism and insecurity in the region.

He made the remarks in the Fourth Annual Conference themed “The New Geopolitical Environment in the Middle East: between Fighting Terrorism and the Future of the Region” in Bucharest.

According to Iran’s Embassy in Bucharest, Zahrani said that terrorism is not inherent feature of the Middle East, noting that terrorism is the outcome of the US globalization drive.

Japan Backs Iran Nuclear Deal, Says Japanese FM

Beijing - Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono says his country backs the nuclear deal Iran struck with world powers in 2015 from which the US has withdrawn, IRNA reported.

In a meeting with Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Yukiya Amano in Vienna Thursday, Kono said Tokyo supports the important nuclear deal struck in 2015 to solve Iran's nuclear issue and favors its preservation; Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) quoted Kyodo News as reporting.

Under the international deal between Iran and six major powers -  Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States - Tehran agreed to curb its nuclear activities in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions.