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Egypt and Iran had a lot in common, but seismic geopolitical events have made sure to keep them apart for much of the 20th century and the past 20 years.

The leaders of Turkey, Iran and Russia announced their dedication to 'protecting civilians' and finding a political solution to the conflict in Syria, despite their previous war-mongering actions.

Saudi Arabia rejects Assad role in Syria transition

The New Arab

Saudi Arabia rejects Assad role in Syria transition

Saudi Arabia has rejected media reports that Riyadh has gone soft on Assad, and says it still insists there can be no role for Syria's president during a transition phase.

G7 hopes to restore Russia relations while backing Trump

Massinissa Benlakehal

G7 hopes to restore Russia relations while backing Trump

Foreign ministers of the G7 praise the US missile strike against President Assad, and urge Russia to work to promote 'real and genuine' ...

Is there a real political solution in Syria?

Dr. Radwan Ziadeh

Is there a real political solution in Syria?

Comment: International efforts led by the UN to end Syria's civil war and provide a new government have failed, writes Radwan Ziadeh.

Karim Traboulsi

Russia's proposed Syria constitution: A makeover without substance?

Analysis: Leaked parts of a Russian-drafted constitution for Syria suggest a continuation of its president-centred system, while concessions on decentralisation and cosmetic amendments offer a glimpse of Assad's post-war vision.

The New Arab

'No victors, no vanquished': UN sees Assad staying, post-conflict

Exclusive: Assad will continue to lead Syria in a ceremonial role, ahead of a consensus administration that would eventually see him leave ...

The New Arab

Syria peace talks taking 'baby steps' forward

Syria's warring parties are taking small steps towards agreeing on basic principles at the fresh rounds of peace talks in Geneva.

The New Arab

Syria talks begin but Assad removal regime's 'red line'

Long-awaited talks designed to end the five-year Syrian war are underway in Geneva, with the difficult task of finding a caretaker ...

World powers to decide Syria's fate in New York

Al-Araby al-Jadeed staff

World powers to decide Syria's fate in New York

Russia's recent military intervention in Syria appears to be giving it political leverage as world powers meet to negotiate on Syria's future.

The Syrian Experts Group

Syria is dying and Riyadh conference must save it

The Syrian opposition conference in mid-December must agree a set of principles and measures to ensure success and effective negotiations with ...

Syrian opposition experts launch 'post-Assad roadmap' ahead of conference

Al-Araby al-Jadeed staff

Syrian opposition experts launch 'post-Assad roadmap' ahead of conference

Exclusive: A plan for transition in Syria has been launched by a group of independent Syrian opposition experts, ahead of an opposition ...

Saudi Arabia sends invitations to Syria opposition conference

Al-Araby al-Jadeed staff

Saudi Arabia sends invitations to Syria opposition conference

A conference for the Syrian opposition sponsored by Saudi Arabia will be held in Abha, in the south-west of the kingdom, on December 11-12, ...

Syrian opposition 'congress' excluding figures consenting to Assad survival

Al-Araby al-Jadeed staff

Syrian opposition 'congress' excluding figures consenting to Assad survival

Saudi Arabia will not invite opposition figures who agree to Assad remaining in power to a major Syrian opposition meeting in Riyadh in ...

Syrian opposition: Vienna plan 'kicks differences down the road'

Al-Araby al-Jadeed & agencies

Syrian opposition: Vienna plan 'kicks differences down the road'

Syrian opposition members said Sunday an ambitious plan by world powers for a political transition in their war-ravaged country was unrealistic, ...

Al-Araby al-Jadeed & agencies

Russia calls for new Syrian constitution in 18 months

Russia is calling for drafting a new constitution in up to 18 months that would be put to a referendum and followed by presidential elections in Syria.

Al-Araby al-Jadeed & agencies

US criticises Russia for 'worsening' Syria war

The US said Russia's air war in Syria had "dangerously exacerbated" the conflict, accusing Moscow of seeking to bolster President Bashar ...

Al-Araby al-Jadeed & agencies

Syria Friends agree Assad departure timetable, Iranian role questioned

A senior member of Syria's opposition warned Wednesday against Iranian participation in Syrian talks in Vienna, as French FM says an Assad ...

AAAJ and agencies

Will Assad's Moscow visit help end the war?

How significant was the recent surprise visit to Moscow by Syria's Assad? Will it help or hinder efforts aimed at ending the civil war now in ...

Should Palestinian territories be put under UN protection?

Al-Araby al-Jadeed staff

Should Palestinian territories be put under UN protection?

Analysis: A coalition of Palestinian activists and leading figures are calling for the occupied Palestinian territories to be put under ...

Al-Araby al-Jadeed staff

Don't make Assad key to ending war, warns oppostion

With world leaders hinting at a softening of positions on the future of Bashar Assad, leading opposition figures warned against making him key ...

Syria's rebels reveal doubts over UN peace plan

Ahmad Hamza and al-Araby al-Jadeed

Syria's rebels reveal doubts over UN peace plan

Analysis: Armed groups have issued a joint statement declaring limited support of a peace plan submitted to the Security Council by the UN ...

The 'Assad obstacle' hindering a political solution in Syria

Burhan Ghalioun

The 'Assad obstacle' hindering a political solution in Syria

Comment: Bashar al-Assad's fate remains the most contentious issue obstructing efforts for a peaceful resolution to the Syrian war, says Burhan ...

Airstrikes target Yemen capital as crisis enters new phase Airstrikes target Yemen capital as crisis enters new phase

Al-Araby al-Jadeed

Airstrikes target Yemen capital as crisis enters new phase

War planes targeted Sanaa in what witnesses described Wednesday as the most violent bombing so far, hours after a conference on Yemen concluded ...

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