Saturday, 20 December 2014 10:26

U.N. Seeks $8.4B for Syria Humanitarian Aid

The United Nations launched its biggest ever humanitarian appeal for Syria Thursday, seeking $8.4 billion after only securing about half the funding it asked for in 2014. The aid is desperately needed to provide help to 18 million people in both Syria and scattered through the region, as well as the countries and communities struggling to host them, U.N. officials told a donors’ meeting in Germany. Some 200,000 people have…
A visit to Iran by Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu on Wednesday highlighted opposing views on the Syrian war, with both countries saying dialogue was needed to close the gaps. "The [Bashar] Assad regime has lost its legitimacy," he said at a joint press conference with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. "Iran and Turkey have different positions, but our countries are cooperating to find a common solution in Syria," Çavuşoğlu…
EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini said special UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura had briefed foreign ministers on Sunday on plans for a “freeze” between regime and rebel forces in Aleppo. “The aim is a limited local truce to help ease the desperate plight of the civilian population and provide some way forward after repeated efforts to end the war have failed. We would look at what we can…
Walid Jumblatt, head of the Lebanese Progressive Socialist Party, stresses that “there is no solution with Assad in power,” during a meeting with Mikhail Bogdanov, Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister. He added that “anyone who claims to know what is going to happen in Syria errs, and lacks understanding of the consequences. There is a regional, global struggle in Syria, and if the war continues this way, a real danger threatens…
Saturday, 13 December 2014 09:52

Reports of Iranian Support Dwindling for Assad

A French diplomatic told Al Arabiya TV channel that Iran, Assad’s staunchest ally, showed flexibility with regard to Assad’s survival in power amid a flurry of talks to reach a settlement for the Syrian conflict. The French diplomat talked about a change in the Iranian position on Assad survival or his departure from power, but he added that he could not determine whether the Iranian position is a positive one…
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