Dialogue Based on Preserving Syria's Sovereignty, Unity Only Way to Solve Crisis in the Country: SCO Leaders

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan- Leaders of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) have stressed that cooperation based on preserving Syria's sovereignty and territorial integrity is the only way to solve the crisis in the country.

In the final communiqué issued on Friday concluding the SCO summit, held in the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek, the leaders reiterated their unified stance that the "dialogue based on preserving Syria's sovereignty and territorial integrity is the only way for settlement in Syria."

According to the communiqué, cooperation within the framework of Astana process on Syria has created necessary circumstances to implement the Security Council Resolution No. 2254 which encourages an inclusive political process led by the Syrians themselves to find solutions that achieve their interests.

US will be responsible if Iran nuclear deal collapses: Russian diplomat

A senior Russian diplomat has urged the US to stop using “methods of blatant blackmail and intimidation” aimed at forcing Iran out of a 2015 multilateral nuclear deal, saying Washington will be responsible if the accord collapses.

In a statement published on the Russian Foreign Ministry’s website on Wednesday, Mikhail Ulyanov, Russia’s permanent representative to international organizations in Vienna complained about America’s “irresponsible line” towards the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the official name of the deal, according to Press TV.

New US Sanctions on Syria a Tool to Exert Pressure on Syrian Government: Ryabkov

The United States keeps putting pressure on the Syrian government to undermine its efforts to normalize the situation in the country, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told Sputnik on Wednesday, reacting to a new batch of Washington's sanctions on Syria.

Sanctions are one of the US tools to exert pressure on Damascus in order to make it difficult for the Syrian government to continue the work to normalize the situation in Syria, Ryabkov said, according to Sputnik.

The US administration is apparently not satisfied with the successful efforts of the legitimate government in Damascus to stabilize the situation in the country and maintain the territorial integrity of Syria, he added.

UK's Johnson, in Pitch to Be PM, Says not aiming for No-Deal Brexit

LONDON - Former British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said he was not aiming to leave the European Union without a deal but it was only responsible to prepare for no-deal as he launched his bid to replace Theresa May as Prime Minister.

Johnson reiterated that Britain should leave the bloc when it is currently due to do so on Oct. 31.




Macron Wants to Give New Impetus to Strategic Dialogue with Russia

ARIS- It is important to give a new impetus to stretegic dialogue with Russia, French President Emmanuel Macron told RTS TV channel on Tuesday.

"We need a strategic discussion. That's why we will hold new comprehensive and substantive talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the near future," Macron said. He added that he would want to exchange opinions with Putin not only as a French president, but also as a chairman of G7.

"Europe needs a new dialogue on issues of trust and security in relations with Russia," Macron stressed. "We have disagreements but we continue working together," he noted.

Japan’s Prime Minister Abe Due in Tehran on Historic Visit

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is en route to Iran on a first visit by a Japanese premier to Tehran in more than 40 years, with a plan to help ease tensions between the Islamic Republic and the United States.

Prime Minister Abe left Tokyo for Tehran on Wednesday morning.

During his two-day visit to Iran, Abe will meet Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. He is scheduled to meet with Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on Thursday.

Iran Denounces US’ Destructive Role in Gulf Region

TEHRAN - Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Seyed Abbas Araqchi, in a meeting with Zainul Abidin bin Mohamed Rasheed, the Special Envoy of Singapore’s Minister for Foreign Affairs to the Middle East, lashed out at the White House’s anti-Iran moves, warning that the warmongering approach has destructive repercussions for the entire region.

Araqchi, during the Tuesday meeting with Abidin in the Asian country, underlined that the US’ economic sanctions against Iran are in fact targeting the security of the whole Middle East region.

UAE trying to become second Israel in MidEast: FM Zarif

TEHRAN– Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Tuesday that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is trying to "turn into another Israel" by spending billions of dollars on importing weapons.

In an exclusive interview with Al-Araby TV on Tuesday, Zarif rebuked the excessive arms imports of certain regional countries, saying, "The United Arab Emirates is spending billions of dollars on armaments and wants to be a second Israel in the region," Press TV reported.

"Three countries in the region believe they can maintain their security through their relations with the United States," Zarif said.