If you pull back for a moment from the distracting cacophony engineered by Trump, you’ll realize that there is a plan after all. The dots do connect.
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Delegates from Russia, Turkey and Iran were wrangling over the terms of the final communique which would need to be approved – though not formally signed – by the government and opposition delegations.
“This destruction is a new war crime and an immense loss for the Syrian people and for humanity,” Irina Bokova.
Assad told a Japanese TV station he hoped the conference would be a platform to discuss “everything” but that it was unclear if there would be political dialogue “because it is not clear who will participate”.
The meetings in Astana are hosted by regime backer Russia and rebel supporter Turkey, who are working closely to find an end to the Syrian conflict although they have backed opposing sides.
Anas Modamani, a 19-year-old refugee from Damascus, was pictured in September 2015 taking a selfie with Merkel during her visit to a refugee shelter in Berlin’s Spandau district.
The talks on Syria’s political future are expected to take place on January 23 in Kazakhstan.
Israeli defence officials have voiced concern over Hezbollah’s experience in the Syrian civil war.
Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Wednesday urged the regime and its backers to end their “violations” of the truce, warning they were jeopardising the planned talks in Kazakh capital Astana this month.
Putin also said that Russia had agreed to reduce its military deployment in Syria.
“There has been a move towards a compromise,” said Andrey Kortunov, director general of the Russian International Affairs Council, a think tank close to the Russian Foreign Ministry.
The oil-rich province of Deir Ezzor is almost totally under IS control and has been regularly targeted by a US-led military coalition.
As more and more refugees die in desperate attempts to reach Europe more than ever before, political leaders across the world turn a blind eye to this crisis that is now 6 years in the making.
The city’s “liberation” was “history in the making and worthy of more than the word ‘congratulations’,” he said in a video posted on the presidency’s official social media accounts.