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UN Envoy for Syria to Hold Talks with Iran, Russia, Turkey

UN envoy

NEW YORK – The UN envoy for Syria Stefan De Mistura is seeking meetings with Iran, Russia and Turkey as guarantors of Astana peace talks, IRNA reported Wednesday quoting, Spokesperson for the United Nations Secretary-General Stéphane. According to IRNA News, ‘The Special Envoy looks forward to hosting within the context …

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Turkey, Azerbaijan, Georgia to meet on Monday


ANKARA – The seventh trilateral meeting between the foreign ministers of Turkey, Azerbaijan, and Georgia will be held in Istanbul on Monday, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said. The ministry said in a statement, that “During the meeting, the progress in trilateral cooperation and recent regional and global developments are expected …

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US Imposes Saudi Sanctions Over Khashoggi Murder


ISTANBUL – The US State Department is to revoke visas or make them unobtainable for 21 Saudis following the killing of Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey. President Donald Trump said the Saudis staged the “worst cover-up ever.” DW reported Wednesday. According to Washington Post, he said that Saudi officials had engaged …

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Istanbul Summit Aims to Decrease New Humanitarian Disaster

Istanbul Summit

ANKARA – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron, and Russian President Vladimir Putin are expected to attend a critical four-way summit on Syria in Istanbul next Saturday, Arab News said Monday. According to Reuters, President Emmanuel Macron’s office said Paris wanted to ensure …

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Erdogan and Trump Discuss Khashoggi on Phone


ANKARA – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the US President Donald Trump have held a phone conversation on slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Turkish presidential press office said early Monday, Anadolu reported. According to a statement by the presidential press office, Erdogan and Trump agreed on the Khashoggi case …

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Evacuation of Arms from Idlib Opens the Door to Peace Process


IDLIB – The significance of the pull-out of heavy arms by radical groups operating in Idlib cannot be overestimated, Fuad Eliko, member of the National Coalition for Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces said, Sputnik reported Thursday. Eliko said, the decision to withdraw heavy weapons from Idlib has opened the door …

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Turkey has Evidence that Khashoggi Killed Inside Consulate: Washington Post


ANKARA – The Turkish government has told U.S. officials it has audio and video recordings that prove Jamal Khashoggi was killed inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, The Washington Post reported, citing unidentified U.S. and Turkish officials. Recordings show a Saudi security team detained Khashoggi — a contributor to the …

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India Approves Purchase of S-400 from Russia


NEW DEHLI – India has quietly approved a $5.43 billion program to buy five Russian built S-400 Triumph defense systems, despite earlier warnings from the US against any military transaction with Russia, Defense News reported. Members of India’s Cabinet Committee on Security, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, gave the …

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Kurds to Elect New Parliament Sunday

Kurdistan Region

ERBIL, Iraq – Voters in the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Region of Iraq will elect a new parliament on Sunday, media reported on Friday. Iraqi Kurds will head to the polls this Sunday to elect a new parliament for the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Region of Iraq, a year after a controversial independence referendum …

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Turkey Could not Remain Silent Over Use of Sanctions as Weapons: Erdogan


NEW YORK – Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addressing the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday said that his country could not remain silent over the use of sanctions as weapons. The United States has called for the release of pastor Andrew Brunson, who was moved …

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