Czech MP: Syria Has Right to Defend Itself against Terrorism

PRAGUE- Czech member of the parliament Stanislav Grospic affirmed on Friday that Syria has the right to defend itself against terrorism, aggression and occupation, SANA reported.

Grspic, in a statement to SANA in Prague, condemned threats posed by president of the Turkish regime Erdogan to launch a new aggression on Syrian territories, stressing that the time of occupations has gone.

1000s of Police on Guard as Yellow Vests Hit Streets in France for 10th Week in a Row

 For the 10th week in a row, Yellow Vest protesters filled the streets of Paris and other cities in France, with thousands of police standing guard. Earlier, President Emmanuel Macron launched his “national debates” on the crisis, RT reported.

In what is being called ‘Act 10’ of the nationwide protests, the Yellow Vests gathered in French cities on Saturday. In Paris, they occupied the Champs-Elysees and the Esplanade des Invalides near the nation’s parliament. People were seen waving national flags and setting off firecrackers.

EU Nations, Mogherini Not to Attend Washington’s Anti-Iran Summit

A US effort to enlist Europe in its pressure campaign against Iran faced a setback after officials said ministers from several European Union members and EU foreign policy Chief Federica Mogherini will skip a summit organized by Washington on Iran and the Middle East in Poland.

A senior EU official said on Thursday that Mogherini wouldn’t attend the Warsaw gathering because of a prior engagement, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Iran, Japan Celebrate 90th Anniversary of Diplomatic Ties

Iran and Japan have celebrated the 90th anniversary of their diplomatic relations.

In separate messages to the conference, Iranian and Japanese foreign ministers have extended congratulations on the event.

Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran to Japan Morteza Rahmani-Movahed said in the ceremony that the two countries have immense potential for cooperation.

He called for improvement of all-out ties between Iran and Japan in 2019.

UK Cabinet Starts Talks on 2nd Brexit Referendum - Liberal Democrats Party

LONDON - The UK government has engaged in discussions on the second Brexit referendum with various groups across the parliament, however, the timeline for the possible second vote on Britain's withdrawal from the EU, presented by the cabinet, is "completely wrong", the leader of the UK opposition Liberal Democrats party, Vince Cable said.

"One of the useful outcomes from the first round of the discussions with the government was around the practicalities of a People’s Vote. These discussions brought to the surface the complete misunderstanding in government circles about the time line to bring it about," Liberal Democrats leader Cable said as quoted by The Guardian newspaper.

Lavrov: Return of All Syrian Areas to State Authority Way to Stop Increase of Terrorism

MOSCOW- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has renewed Russia’s determination to continue backing Syria to eradicate terrorism.

Lavrov, in a joint press conference with his German counterpart Heiko Maas in Moscow on Friday, depicted as ” unacceptable”  the continued violation of the demilitarized zone agreement and targeting Syrian army points  and civilians by Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organization, according to SANA.

Russian Military Police Demine Field in Syrian Province of Daraa

Russian military police have demined a field in the Syrian province of Daraa and held drills on destroying "enemy" drones in the province of Quneitra, spokesman Ruslan Numakhadzhiev told reporters on Thursday, according to Itar Tass.

"We were contacted by local residents who found foreign-manufactured unexploded mortar shells of 120mm caliber. In accordance with established rules, we destroyed mortar shells," Numakhadzhiev said.

Moscow Obtained Evidence of US Ties to Daesh

MOSCOW-  Russia has obtained evidence of US ties to Daesh, according to the Russian Foreign Ministry.

According to Sputnik, the ministry said in a statement on Wednesday that a US special forces unit had raided a Taliban prison, holding several Daesh militants prisoner after being captured in August 2018. These prisoners were taken in an unknown direction.

The Foreign Ministry said that the US was interested in breaking out the Daesh prisoners to prevent information about their sponsors from being leaked.