UN envoy proposes rebel pullback from Syria's Idlib

UN envoy proposes rebel pullback from Syria's IdlibThe UN peace envoy for Syria on Friday proposed a plan for Al-Qaeda-linked fighters in Syria’s Idlib province to pull back from civilian areas to avert a bloodbath in the rebel-held province. The United Nations has warned of a humanitarian disaster if Syrian forces, backed by Russia and Iran, launch an all-out attack in Idlib, the last major rebel bastion.


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UN envoy calls for opening evacuation routes from Syria's Idlib

UN envoy calls for opening evacuation routes from Syria's IdlibThe United Nations has warned of a humanitarian disaster if Syria forces, backed by Russia and Iran, launch an all-out attack in Idlib, the last major rebel bastion. “People should be granted safe passage to places of their own choosing if they want to leave,” Staffan de Mistura told a Security Council meeting on the crisis in Idlib.


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U.S. has seen evidence of Syria preparing chemical weapons in Idlib: envoy

U.S. has seen evidence of Syria preparing chemical weapons in Idlib: envoy“I am very sure that we have very, very good grounds to be making these warnings,” said Jim Jeffrey, who was named on Aug. 17 as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s special adviser on Syria overseeing talks on a political transition in that country. “Any offensive is to us objectionable as a reckless escalation,” Jeffrey told a few reporters in his first interview on the situation in Syria since his appointment. “There is lots of evidence that chemical weapons are being prepared.” The White House has warned that the United States and its allies would respond “swiftly and vigorously” if government forces used chemical weapons in the widely expected offensive.


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South Korean Envoy Visits North Korea to Help Revive Nuclear Talks

  1. South Korean Envoy Visits North Korea to Help Revive Nuclear Talks  New York Times
  2. If actions speak louder than words, the Trump administration is right about North Korea  Dallas News (blog)
  3. China to Send Senior Aide to North Korea’s Anniversary Instead of President Xi Jinping  Wall Street Journal
  4. Trump is dangerous again as his Kim Jong-un ‘breakthrough’ turns sour  The Guardian
  5. South Korean envoys hold first talks in North after US halted Pompeo visit  Washington Post
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Kurdish militants must leave Syria, Turkey tells U.S. envoy

Kurdish militants must leave Syria, Turkey tells U.S. envoyTurkey told the United States on Tuesday that Kurdish militants must completely abandon Syria, as violence in the rebel-held northern Syrian enclave of Idlib escalated. Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar made the call during talks with visiting U.S. special representative for Syria James Jeffrey, the defense ministry said in a statement. Akar conveyed Ankara’s discomfort with the presence of Kurdish militants in the region, it added.


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Netanyahu meets US envoy over Syria, Iran

Netanyahu meets US envoy over Syria, IranIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met on Sunday with a US envoy for Syria for talks on the war-ravaged country and Iran, his office said. Netanyahu discussed “the situation in Syria and the joint effort to stop Iran’s terror and aggression” with James Jeffrey, the US special representative for Syria engagement, said a statement. Ahead of the visit, the US State Department said Jeffrey, accompanied by US special envoy for Syria Joel Rayburn, would discuss “maintaining Israel’s security while countering Iran’s destabilising activity throughout the region”.


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