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Sisi: Egypt govt not a party on gas deal with Israel

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said that the Egyptian government is not a party to the recent gas agreement with Israel. Sisi said during his opening of a number of service centers for investors, on Wednesday, that the Egyptian government is not party to a private company’s deal to import quantities of natural gas from Israel. He added that he was very pleased with the Egyptians' involvement in the events taking place in their country. He pointed out that Egypt has nothing to hide ...

Iran teams carry plane crash dead down from mountain

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Iranian emergency teams on Wednesday began recovering the bodies of the dead from a plane that crashed high in the Zagros mountains with 66 people on board, officials said.No survivors have been found from Aseman Airlines flight EP3704, which disappeared from radar on Sunday morning, around 45 minutes after taking off from Tehran on a domestic flight.Search helicopters finally located the crash site after a break in the weather on Tuesday at a height of around 4,000 meters (13,000 feet) in the ...

Erdogan spokesman says Turkey talks with Syria on hold, messages conveyed

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Turkey is not in direct talks with the Syrian government, but its messages are being indirectly conveyed to Damascus, President Tayyip Erdogan’s spokesman said on Wednesday. Ibrahim Kalin also told a news conference that Ankara remains optimistic, but cautious, regarding ties with the United States after last week’s visit to Ankara by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

UN chief António Guterres ‘deeply alarmed’ by eastern Ghouta violence

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Tuesday said he was “deeply alarmed” by the escalating violence in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta enclave after more than 100 civilians were killed in the second straight day of air strikes. Guterres urged all sides to uphold the basic principles of humanitarian law, including the protection of civilians. “The secretary-general is deeply alarmed by the escalating situation in Eastern Ghouta and its devastating impact on ...

Other nations could be part of future Mideast peace talks

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

The US State Department said on Tuesday the United States would consider supporting the involvement of other countries in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks in the future if it believes it would be helpful in reaching an accord. Asked about Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' call on Tuesday for international peace talks, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said: "If at some point we believe that other countries could be helpful to the peace process, we would certainly be ...

Leader of the Lebanese Forces Party: The Cedar Revolution continues

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Lebanese Forces Party leader Samir Geagea considered that the State of Lebanon is closely linked to the Cedar Revolution and not to Hezbollah or its associated allies who are tied to regional issues that have nothing to do with Lebanon.He said during his meeting with a delegation representing Akkar region, "We are staying behind the Cedar Revolution and we will continue to uphold it above anything else in this country.""If it is true that the resistance is the only one that can be ...

Abbas to UN Security Council: Israel has thwarted all attempts for negotiations

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas spoke in a rare address before the UN Security council on Tuesday. Abbas said that Israel has thwarted all attempts for negotiations and it acts as a state above the law. The Palestinian president called for convening of international Middle East peace conference by mid-2018. "To solve the Palestine question, it is essential to establish a multilateral international mechanism emanating from an international conference," Abbas told the UN Security ...

Egypt adds Muslim Brotherhood party leader Abul Fotouh to terror list

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

The Criminal Court of South Cairo added on Tuesday Abdel Moneim Abul Fotouh, head of “Powerful Egypt” party and the former Muslim Brotherhood member and presidential candidate along with 15 others to the terror list based on a memorandum submitted by the Attorney General.Attorney General Nabil Sadiq received a communication from lawyer Samir Sabri demanding that Abdel Moneim Abul Fotouh and party members  be added to the terror list.Sabri said that the Supreme State Security ...

Erdogan says Turkey will lay siege to Syria’s Afrin in coming days

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Turkey will lay siege to Afrin in northern Syria, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday a month after Ankara launched an offensive against Kurdish militia in the region. “In the coming days, swiftly, we will lay siege to the center of the town of Afrin,” Erdogan told parliament. His remarks came as Turkey’s operation “Olive Branch”, a ground and air offensive against the People’s Protection Units (YPG) militia which Ankara brands ...

Turkey says unclear whether Syrian government forces will enter Afrin

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Syrian government forces have yet to enter the Afrin region and it was unclear if they would, Turkey’s foreign minister said on Tuesday. Mevlut Cavusoglu made the comment in an interview with broadcaster Kanal 24. Syrian state media said on Monday morning that pro-government militia would enter Afrin “within hours” but by sunset there were no signs of a deployment there. Turkey has said it would confront Syrian government forces if they entered the ...

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