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The new sanctions 'block the path to peace', Iran claims.

The EU added Syria's recently appointed foreign minister to its sanctions blacklist.

Syria's new foreign minister in Iran for visit

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Syria's new foreign minister in Iran for visit

Mekdad took over as Syria's foreign minister in November.

Israeli agents 'disguised as women' regularly met Arab leaders

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Israeli agents 'disguised as women' regularly met Arab leaders

The former chief of Israel's spy agency Mossad said agents regularly met with Arab leaders and officials over the years, and on some occasions ...

Syria president names Faisal Mekdad new FM

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Syria president names Faisal Mekdad new FM

Faisal Mekdad will be replaced as deputy foreign minister by Syria's ambassador to the United Nations, Bashar Jaafari.

Sam Hamad

Walid al-Muallem: The legacy of Assad's Goebbelsian late FM

Comment: Sam Hamad reflects on the legacy of Walid al-Muallem, Assad's foreign minister who died this week, after he spent the past decade justifying Assad's crimes to the world.

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Syria's foreign minister Walid Muallem dies: state TV

Syria's Walid Muallem, died at dawn on Monday at the age of 79, the government announced on state television.

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Russia strikes kill 78 Turkey-backed rebels in Syria: monitor

Russian airstrikes on Monday killed dozens of Turkey-backed rebels in Syria's northwest in the bloodiest surge in violence reported since more ...

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Assad holds talks with Russian foreign minister in Damascus

Lavrov is in Damascus for the first time since 2012.

War-torn Syria goes to the polls amid economic crisis

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War-torn Syria goes to the polls amid economic crisis

Several lists were allowed to run across the country but any real opposition is absent from the poll, no surprises are expected and the ruling ...

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Syria harvest boom brings hope as hunger spikes

Heavy rains and reduced violence in parts of the country this year have led to a much improved harvest.

Syria refuses to 'bow' to US sanctions

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Syria refuses to 'bow' to US sanctions

The Syrian regime's foreign minister has said that the US Caesar Act sanctions are intended to weaken support for Assad ahead of presidential ...

Iranian foreign minister to meet Assad in Damascus

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Iranian foreign minister to meet Assad in Damascus

Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will meet Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus on Monday, Tehran has announced.

Assad, Libya's Haftar announce alliance to combat 'Turkish aggression'

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Assad, Libya's Haftar announce alliance to combat 'Turkish aggression'

Syrian authorities announced the formation of diplomatic relations with Libya's rogue General Khalifa Haftar on Sunday to combat Turkish ...

Syria: How Russia uses 'de-escalation agreements' to destroy cities

Amr Salahi

Syria: How Russia uses 'de-escalation agreements' to destroy cities

The city of Maaret al-Numan has been destroyed by Russia, a few days after negotiations over Syria in Astana concluded. There appears to be a ...

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Iraq to reopen Syria border-crossing amid warming Assad ties

Iraq’s Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi approved the reopening of a border crossing between Iraq and Syria, in the latest sign of normalisation with Assad's government.

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Syrian foreign minister and Arab League head meet

The Arab League chief Ahmed Aboul Gheit met senior Syria regime officials at the UN on Friday.

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UN envoy hails 'successful' constitutional committee talks in Damascus

The UN envoy to Syria, Geir Pedersen, says that talks with the Syrian regime and opposition to form a new constitutional committee have been ...

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UN Syria envoy arrives in Damascus

The UN special envoy for Syria arrived in Damascus on Sunday for fresh talks on forming a committee tasked with drafting a new constitution for ...

UN envoy lands in Damascus for fresh peace talks

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UN envoy lands in Damascus for fresh peace talks

Geir Pedersen, a seasoned Norwegian diplomat and the fourth UN ambassador to seek an end to the civil war, landed in Damascus on Tuesday.

The New Arab & agencies

Top Omani official meets Assad in rare Syria visit

Oman’s top diplomat met Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus on Sunday, in a rare visit to the Syrian capital.

Syria Weekly: Will China fund post-war reconstruction?

Paul McLoughlin

Syria Weekly: Will China fund post-war reconstruction?

With Russia and Iran suffering from US sanctions and the EU still resisting pressure to pay for reconstruction, China could be key to rebuilding ...

Syria does not want war with Turkey: foreign minister

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Syria does not want war with Turkey: foreign minister

Syria's Foreign Minister Walid Muallem has said tried to cool tensions with Turkey, after a Turkish military post in Idlib was ...

Kazakhstan to host Syria talks with Iran, Turkey, Russia

The New Arab

Kazakhstan to host Syria talks with Iran, Turkey, Russia

Kazakhstan will host new talks on Syria, backed by Iran, Russia and Turkey in effort to reach a political settlement for the eight-year conflict

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