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Newsline: South Ossetia to open embassy in Syria

South Ossetia will open an embassy in Syria, the Republic’s Foreign Minister Dmitry Medoyev told TASS. South Ossetia’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement declaring mutual recognition and the establishment of diplomatic relations with Syria. “Syria’s recognition of South Ossetia is an important political event as far as the Republic’s international activities go,” Medoyev said. “South Ossetia will open an embassy in Syria, the statement is clear about that. It says that the parties ‘declare mutual recognition and the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries at the level of embassies.’ Work to that end has already begun,” the South Ossetian top diplomat added. He also pointed out that there was a large Ossetian community in Syria. “Syria became the second home for these people, we have been maintaining relations with them and now we will develop ties further,” he said. The independence of South Ossetia and also of Abkhazia, the other former Georgian autonomous region, was earlier recognized by Russia, Venezuela, Nicaragua and Nauru.

http://tass.com/world/1007030

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Newsline: Syrian ambassador rebuffs UN envoy’s efforts

Syria’s ambassador to the U.N. says his government will not recognize any constitutional reform body formed outside the framework of a Russian-led peace initiative for his country. Bashar Jaafari’s remarks to the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday appeared to rebuff efforts by U.N. Envoy Staffan De Mistura to facilitate and mediate constitutional reform for Syria, one of the guiding principles of a 2015 Security Council roadmap for peace for Syria. Jaafari’s remarks echoed an earlier statement by Assistant Foreign Minister Ayman Sousan who said de Mistura had no authority to select delegates to a constitutional committee for Syria. Assistant Foreign Minister Ayman Sousan said Tuesday that only participants in a Russian-led “Syrian Congress of National Dialogue” convened in Sochi last month could be delegates on a constitutional committee. Several members of the Syrian opposition refused to attend the Sochi conference. De Mistura has said the Sochi congress delivered a mandate to allow him to convene a constitutional committee with members from the broader Syrian opposition.

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/latest-syria-chemical-weapons-53078658

Newsline: Turkey keeps regional ambassadors in loop about Syria’s Afrin

Turkish Foreign Ministry is keeping ambassadors from several countries in the region informed about Turkey’s ongoing Operation Olive Branch in Syria’s Afrin, according to a Turkish diplomatic source on Sunday. Ambassadors of Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Qatar, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia have been invited to the ministry where Turkish ambassador Sedat Onal will brief them about the operation, the source, who asked not to be named due to restrictions on talking to media, said. On Saturday, envoys and mission chiefs of permanent members of United Nations’ Security Council — United States, Russia, United Kingdom, France, China as well as Iran — were also invited to the ministry for a similar briefing. Turkey launched the operation in Afrin on Saturday at 5 p.m. (1400GMT).

https://www.yenisafak.com/en/news/turkey-keeps-regional-ambassadors-in-loop-about-afrin-2982973

Newsline: Russian embassy in Damascus comes under fire

Russia’s embassy in Damascus came under mortar shelling from terrorists’ positions. No one was hurt. The building’s wall, electricity lines and water supplies systems were damaged, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Monday. “In a mortar shelling of Damascus conducted from terrorists’ positions at about 10:35 local time on November 20, a shell hit the outer fence of the Russian embassy to Syria, which is located close to its dwelling compound,” the ministry said, adding that the 122mm mine damaged the building’s wall, electricity lines and the water supplies system. “No one from among the embassy’s employees was hurt,” the ministry said. Moscow expects that Western countries at the UN Security Council will give proper evaluation of the incident. “We hope that our so active on the Syrian trajectory Western colleagues in the UN Security Council will have the heart not to keep silent but to give proper public evaluation of the incident in which the lives of Russian diplomats were jeopardized,” the ministry said.

http://tass.com/world/976525

Newsline: Diplomat blasts attacks on Russian embassy in Damascus

Russia calls on its partners to condemn yet another attack on its embassy in Damascus, Russia’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vladimir Safronkov said on Tuesday at a meeting of the UN Security Council. “Russia’s embassy in Damascus came under shelling twice during the past night. We urge partners to condemn these attacks,” he said. Al-Alam television channel reported earlier on Tuesday that four shells had fallen near the Russian embassy in Damascus’ Mazraa neighborhood. According to the television channel, shelling had been conducted by armed groups. Russia has repeatedly demanded the United Nations Security Council pass a press statement condemning attacks on its embassy in Damascus. In some cases, these attempts were blocked by Western countries that insisted on wordings unacceptable for Russia.

http://tass.com/politics/957752

Newsline: Russia’s embassy compound in Syria hit by mortar shells

The Russian embassy in Syria has been targeted by shelling from foreign-backed militants operating in the capital Damascus. Syria’s official news agency SANA reported that two shells were fired at the diplomatic mission. One of the projectiles hit the embassy compound, while the other fell nearby. Earlier this year, the Russian embassy compound in the Syrian capital was the target of a pair of mortar shelling launched “precisely” from the terrorists-controlled Jobar area, which lies a few kilometers northeast of Damascus. The attacks had no casualties but inflicted some material damage on the building.

http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/07/16/528677/Russian-embassy-hit-mortar-shells-Damascus-Syria

Newsline: France says not planning to reopen embassy in Syria

France’s foreign ministry said on Monday that the reopening of its embassy in Syria was not on the table, signaling there may be no fundamental change to Paris’ approach to the Syrian conflict under new president Emmanuel Macron. Citing a political source close to Macron, pan-Arab daily newspaper al-Hayat had reported on Monday that Macron was reviewing France’s decision to close the embassy in 2012. “The reopening of our embassy in Damascus is not on the agenda,” Foreign ministry spokesman Romain Nadal said in a daily briefing. Officials at the president’s office did not immediately respond for comment, although Macron ruled out reopening the embassy during a campaign trip to Beirut in January. Some European Union countries which withdrew their ambassadors from Syria as the conflict worsened in the country have indicated a willingness for more communication with Damascus given the ongoing fight against Islamic State militants even though France and Britain have staunchly opposed it. With the arrival of Macron, Paris’ policy on Syria has yet to be clearly defined.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-france-syria-idUSKBN18I1F2