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The UN has long funneled millions of dollars in poverty relief donations to Syria. But the Syrian regime has pocketed $100M by making the UN use its internal exchange rate, an analysis found. Syria is cash-strapped and subject to strict sanctions from the EU, US, and UK. This means that 50% of foreign aid sent to Syria by the UN in 2020 was lost to the government, the researchers said. According to the report, the Syrian government has made a total of $100 million from this scheme since 2019.
Persons: Bashar al, Natasha Hall Organizations: UN, EU, Service, Center for Strategic, International Studies, Operations, Policy Center, Center, CSIS, UNICEF, Guardian Locations: Syria, Lebanon, Syrian
BEIRUT, Lebanon — The Syrian government has executed 24 people and sentenced 11 others to life in prison with hard labor for lighting wildfires that burned across the country’s northwest last year, the Syrian justice ministry announced in a statement on Facebook on Thursday. The people convicted were accused not of arson but of terrorism, the government said, because their actions caused death, as well as extensive damage to infrastructure, private and public property, farmland and forests. The harshness of the sentences, which were imposed on Wednesday, shocked even human rights campaigners who have tracked the brutality of the country’s 10-year civil war. During that time, the government of President Bashar al-Assad has bombed Syria’s own cities, imposed suffocating sieges on rebellious communities and disappeared an unknown number of people into its prisons. “The idea that 24 people were executed in relation to wildfires just smacks of the farce that Bashar al-Assad has made of the justice system over the last decade,” said Sara Kayyali, a Syria researcher with Human Rights Watch.
Persons: Bashar al, Assad, , Sara Kayyali Organizations: Facebook, Human Rights Watch Locations: BEIRUT, Lebanon, Syria
A fire burns at a forest in Latakia province, Syria in this handout released by SANA on October 9, 2020. SANA/Handout via REUTERSAMMAN, Oct 21 (Reuters) - Syria executed 24 people it said had set fires that swept swathes of forests mainly in the coastal province of Latakia, the ancestral home of Syrian President Bashar al Assad, the justice ministry said on Thursday . State television showed alleged confessions of some of the culprits who said they were paid to set the deliberate fires. The authorities had at the time blamed Syria's foreign and internal enemies for igniting the fires as part of what it said was economic warfare. The country's decade-old war has led to tens of thousands of deaths, displaced millions, and led to a refugee crisis.
Persons: SANA, Handout, Bashar al Assad, Assad, Suleiman Al, Khalidi, Angus MacSwan Organizations: REUTERS, Thomson Locations: Latakia province, Syria, REUTERS AMMAN, Latakia, Tartous, Hama, Qardaha
Explosion destroys army bus in central Damascus - state TV
  + stars: | 2021-10-20 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: 1 min
DAMASCUS, Oct 20 (Reuters) - A number of people have been killed and injured in an explosion targeting a Syrian army bus in central Damascus, Syrian state TV reported on Wednesday. Pictures on the TV channel's account on Telegram showed the charred cabin of the bus. Two explosive devices went off as the bus was on the Hafez al-Assad bridge, it said, adding a third device was defused by an army engineering unit. The United Nations says at least 350,000 people were killed in the civil war that started a decade ago, following protests against President Bashar al-Assad. Reporting by Kinda Makieh; Writing by Maher Chmaytelli; Editing by Jacqueline WongOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Hafez al, Assad, Bashar al, Kinda, Maher Chmaytelli, Jacqueline Wong Organizations: Syrian, Pictures, United Nations, Thomson Locations: DAMASCUS, Damascus
Security forces inspect the site of an explosion in central Damascus, Syria October 20, 2021. REUTERS/Firas MakdesiDAMASCUS, Oct 20 (Reuters) - At least 13 Syrian military personnel were killed in a roadside bomb attack, as their bus crossed a bridge in central Damascus during early morning rush hour on Wednesday, state television reported. Syrian state TV posted on its Telegram account images of the charred cabin of the bus, and rescue workers could be seen removing body parts. Blasts in Damascus have been rare since forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad took control of rebel enclaves around the city. Reporting by Kinda Makieh; Writing by Maher Chmaytelli; Editing by Jacqueline Wong & Simon Cameron-MooreOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Hafez al, Assad, Bashar al, Kinda, Maher Chmaytelli, Jacqueline Wong, Simon Cameron, Moore Organizations: REUTERS, Nations, Thomson Locations: Damascus, Syria, Firas, DAMASCUS
DUBAI, Oct 20 (Reuters) - Five people were killed and four injured in a blast inside a Syrian army ammunition depot alongside the Homs-Hama road in the centre of the country, Iran's state-run TV channel Al-Alam said on Wednesday. The explosion happened during a routine maintenance operation inside the depot, it said. Iran, a main backer of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, has a military presence, directly and through proxy militias, across Syria including the region of Homs. The report did not indicate the nationality of the casualties. Reporting by Maher Chmaytelli; Editing by Andrew CawthorneOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Alam, Bashar al, Assad, Maher Chmaytelli, Andrew Cawthorne Organizations: Thomson Locations: DUBAI, Homs, Hama, Iran, Syria
Syrian refugees are seen at the Zaatari refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq, near the border with Syria, Jordan June 17, 2021. The HRW report, entitled "Our Lives Are Like Death", also interviewed officials in U.N bodies, non-governmental organisations and lawyers. Minister of Social Affairs Hector Hajjar said Lebanon was committed to the principal of no forceful returns of Syrian refugees, and of guaranteeing their eventual safe return with respect to international treaties. All countries should halt forced repatriations to Syria, HRW added. Despite the refugees worsening plight in Lebanon and Jordan, the number of spontaneous returns has not significantly increased, HRW added.
Persons: Jordan, Al Sukhni, Sara Kayyali, Shadi, Bashar al Assad, Lebanon, Social Affairs Hector Hajjar, repatriations, Kayyali, , Abou Alaa, Suleiman Al, Khalidi, John Stonestreet Organizations: REUTERS, HRW, Human Rights Watch, U.S, Reuters, Authorities, Social Affairs, Hams, Thomson Locations: Jordanian, Mafraq, Syria, Lebanon, Beirut, AMMAN, Jordan, pursing, Akkar, Amman
Abu Dhabi crown prince discusses Syria with Assad - WAM
  + stars: | 2021-10-20 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +1 min
Oct 20 (Reuters) - Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, the United Arab Emirates' de facto ruler, discussed developments in Syria and the Middle East with Syria's President Bashar al-Assad on Wednesday, Emirates News Agency (WAM) reported. The UAE re-opened its mission to Damascus in late 2018 in a bid to counter the influence of non-Arab actors such as Iran, which along with Russia backs Assad, and Turkey, which backs rebel forces. WAM gave no further details of the talks. Jordan, a staunch U.S. ally, fully reopened its main border crossing with Syria in late September, to boost the countries' struggling economies and reinforce the push by Arab states to reintegrate Syria. Reporting by Nayera Abdallah and Suleiman al Khalidi in Amman; Editing by Chris Reese and Alison WilliamsOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Abu Dhabi's, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Nahyan, Bashar al, Assad, WAM, Jordan, Jordan's King Abdullah, Nayera Abdallah, Suleiman al Khalidi, Chris Reese, Alison Williams Organizations: United Arab, Syria's, Wednesday, Emirates News Agency, General Assembly, Thomson Locations: United Arab Emirates, Syria, Washington's, UAE, Damascus, Iran, Russia, Turkey, U.S, New York, Amman
The attack Wednesday morning killed at least 13 people, The Wall Street Journal reported. Four of the dead were children on their way to school. He said the attack — on a marketplace in the opposition-held province of Idlib — may constitute a war crime. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 26 people were also injured in what they called a "massacre," some seriously. At least 350,000 people have been confirmed killed since the start of the war in Syria, according to the United Nations.
Persons: Ted Chaban, Chaban, Bashar al, Assad Organizations: Street Journal, Service, United Nations, Syrian Observatory, Human Rights, Associated Press, Independent Locations: Syria, East, North Africa, Idlib —, Ariha, Turkey, Damascus
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a news conference following a cabinet meeting in Ankara, Turkey October 11, 2021. "It is essential that the areas, notably the Tel Rifaat region from which attacks are constantly carried out against us, are cleansed," one senior official told Reuters. Turkish forces have launched three incursions in the last five years, seizing hundreds of kilometres of border strip and pushing around 30 km (20 miles) into northern Syria. Russian jets, Iran-backed fighters, Turkish-supported insurgents, jihadists, U.S. troops and Syrian government forces also operate across the patchwork of territories in northern Syria, as well as the Kurdish YPG. Since then Ankara has launched two other operations in Syria against the YPG, one targeting the northwest Afrin region and one further east.
Persons: Tayyip Erdogan, Erdogan, Bashar al, Assad, Joe Biden, Vladimir Putin, Biden, Azaz, Daren Butler, Dominic Evans Organizations: Presidential Press, Sunday, Reuters, Turkish, Islamic, MIT, U.S, State, Thomson Locations: Ankara, Turkey, Syria, ANKARA, U.S, United States, Russia, Kurdish, Syria's Azaz, Tel Rifaat, Tel, Russian, Iran, Syrian, Islamic State, Rome, Turkish, Karkamis, Syria's
Explainer: How Hezbollah widens Iran's Middle East reach
  + stars: | 2021-10-15 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +5 min
REUTERS/Ali Hashisho/File PhotoOct 15 (Reuters) - The Lebanese Shi'ite group Hezbollah has worked hand in glove with Iran across the Middle East since it was established in 1982. Here's what you need to know about one of the most important relationships in the Middle East today:WHAT IS HEZBOLLAH? Hezbollah shares Tehran's Shi'ite Islamist ideology and sees Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as its political and spiritual guide. One of Lebanon's two dominant Shi'ite parties, Hezbollah has MPs in parliament and ministers in government. Hezbollah denied involvement.
Persons: Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, Ali Hashisho, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Israel, Nasrallah, Bashar al, Assad, Rafik al, Hariri, Tarek Bitar, Samia Nakhoul, Tom Perry, William Maclean Organizations: REUTERS, Guards, Islamic, Iranian, Hezbollah, Muslim, Thomson Locations: Sidon, Lebanon, Lebanese, Iran, East, United States, Beirut, Syria, Israel, Argentina, Buenos Aires, Bulgaria, Black, Burgas, Tehran, Iraq, Yemen, Saudi, Russia, Saudi Arabia, U.S
SANA/Handout via REUTERSAMMAN, Oct 14 (Reuters) - Iran-backed forces in Syria said on Thursday they would respond forcefully to an Israeli strike over Syria's Palmyra area in the province of Homs on Wednesday evening in the second such strike within a week. read moreIsraeli missiles flew over Jordanian airspace above U.S. forces based in the Tanf area at the Syrian-Iraqi border, the Syrian defence ministry statement said. "As a result of this attack a number of martyrs and injured from our Mujahedeen brothers have fallen," the statement said without elaborating. The Palmyra area where the strikes were conducted are close to a major concentration of Russian bases and where its troops conducted in recent days manoeuvres with Syrian troops, military experts say. Israel wants Iranian and Iran-backed forces kept away from its border and more broadly, removed from Syria entirely.
Persons: SANA, Handout, Bashar al, Assad, Suleiman Khalidi, Emelia Sithole Organizations: REUTERS, Hezbollah, U.S, Thomson Locations: Syrian, Palmyra, Syria, REUTERS AMMAN, Iran, Syria's Palmyra, Homs, Israel, Damascus, Iraqi, Tehran, Iranian
Syria's President Bashar al-Assad addresses the new members of parliament in Damascus, Syria in this handout released by SANA on August 12, 2020. SANA/Handout via REUTERSOct 13 (Reuters) - The United States does not intend to support any efforts to normalise ties with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad or rehabilitate him until there is irreversible progress towards a political solution in Syria, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Wednesday. Speak at a press conference, Blinken said Washington's priorities in Syria focused on providing humanitarian aid, stemming any extremist activity that may target the United States and keeping violence down. "What we do not intend to do is to express support for any efforts to normalize relations or rehabilitate Mr. Assad or lift a single sanction on Syria... until there is irreversible progress towards a political solution", Blink said. Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru and Humeyra Pamuk in WashingtonOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Bashar al, Assad, SANA, Handout, Antony Blinken, Blinken, Mr, Blink, Kanishka Singh, Humeyra Pamuk Organizations: REUTERS, Thomson Locations: Damascus, Syria, United States, U.S, Bengaluru, Washington
One Syrian soldier killed, three wounded in Israeli air attack
  + stars: | 2021-10-13 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +1 min
A road sign that shows the direction to the Syrian city of Palmyra is pictured on the edge of the city, in this handout picture provided by SANA on March 2, 2017, Syria. SANA/Handout via REUTERSCAIRO, Oct 13 (Reuters) - One Syrian soldier was killed and three others wounded in an Israeli air attack on Syria's Palmyra area in the province of Homs on Wednesday evening, the Syrian defense ministry said. The attack took place at 23:34 local time (2034 GMT) and targeted a communications tower and caused some material losses, it added in a short statement on its Facebook page. The incident came days after Syrian state media reported that Syrian air defenses intercepted an Israeli missile attack above the Homs countryside, wounding six Syrian soldiers and causing some material damage. read moreIsrael has for several years been mounting attacks on what it has described as Iranian-linked targets in Syria, where Tehran-backed forces including Lebanon's Hezbollah have put down a presence since deploying to help President Bashar al-Assad in the Syrian conflict that erupted in 2011. read moreReporting by Mahmoud Mourad and Enas Alashray, editing by Chris Reese and Cynthia OstermanOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: SANA, Handout, Bashar al, Assad, Mahmoud Mourad, Enas, Chris Reese, Cynthia Osterman Organizations: REUTERS, Hezbollah, Thomson Locations: Syrian, Palmyra, Syria, REUTERS CAIRO, Homs, Israel, Tehran
A member loyal to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) waves an ISIL flag in Raqqa, Syria June 29, 2014. Jasim is one of the most senior Islamic State leaders to be taken alive. The two Iraqi sources said he was detained in Turkey shortly after being lured over the border. One of the Iraqi sources said Iraqi intelligence agents had been tracking Jasim for months. Information from an Islamic State prisoner detained last year had contributed to his capture, the second Iraqi security source said.
Persons: Stringer, Jasim, Baghdadi, Sami Jasim, Abu Bakr al, Abu Ibrahim al, Hashemi, Bashar al, Raffaello Pantucci, Tom Perry, Nick Tattersall Organizations: Islamic, REUTERS, Iraq, Reuters, U.S ., U.S . Department of, Justice, United, Thomson Locations: Islamic State, Iraq, Raqqa, Syria, BAGHDAD, Turkish, Iraqi, U.S, Syria's, Turkey, Northwestern Syria, Damascus, balaclavas, United States, Afghanistan
A general view shows the town of Majdal Shams near the ceasefire line between Israel and Syria in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights March 25, 2019. REUTERS/Ammar AwadJERUSALEM, Oct 11 (Reuters) - Israel will keep the Golan Heights, which it captured from Syria in a 1967 war, even if international views on Damascus change, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said on Monday. In 2019, then U.S. President Donald Trump broke with other world powers by recognising Israel as sovereign on the Golan Heights, which it annexed in 1981 in a move not recognised internationally. "The Golan Heights is Israeli, full stop." Asked in a February interview if Washington would continue to deem the Golan Heights part of Israel, Secretary of State Antony Blinken signalled openness to an eventual policy review on a territory most countries consider to be under occupation.
Persons: Majdal Shams, Ammar Awad JERUSALEM, Naftali Bennett, Donald Trump, Bennett's, Bashar al, Assad, Bennett, ASSAD, Russia, Joe Biden's, Antony Blinken, Dan Williams, Alex Richardson Organizations: REUTERS, Makor Rishon, CNN, Thomson Locations: Majdal, Israel, Syria, Golan, Damascus, State, Washington, Iran
His economy minister rubbed shoulders with his counterpart from the United Arab Emirates at a trade expo in Dubai. The United States, which has heavily sanctioned him and his associates, backed a plan to revive a gas pipeline through his territory. Syria is still shattered — with its people mired in poverty, millions of refugees in neighboring states still afraid to go home and large swaths of territory still beyond the state’s control. But across the Middle East there is a sense that Mr. al-Assad — long known for gassing his own people and dropping exploding barrels on his own cities — is being brought in from the cold, reflecting a resignation with his survival. The war has ceased to rage, the thinking goes, and Mr. al-Assad is still in place, so perhaps it is time for Syria to reconnect with its neighbors.
Persons: Bashar al, Assad, King Abdullah II of Jordan, al Organizations: United, United Arab Emirates Locations: BEIRUT, Lebanon, Syria, United Arab, Dubai, The United States
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad speaks at a meeting of his cabinet in Damascus, Syria, in this handout picture released by SANA on March 30, 2021. But in Washington, analysts say Syria has hardly been a foreign policy priority for President Joe Biden's administration. After being warned against dealing with Damascus by the Trump administration, Arab states are pressing the issue again. Reviving trade will be a shot in the arm for Jordan and Syria, whose economy is in deep crisis. While many U.S. allies in the region pursue fresh ties with Damascus, regional heavyweight Saudi Arabia still appears hesitant.
Persons: Bashar al, Assad, SANA, Handout, Assad S.Arabia, King Abdullah of Jordan, Donald Trump, Joe Biden's, Trump, David Lesch, Biden, Jordan, ” Samih, Al Mamlaka, Jim Jeffrey, Caesar, U.N, Ghassan Abbas, Aaron Stein, isn’t, Joshua Landis, Suleiman al, Aidan Lewis, Ghaida, Humeyra Pamuk, Tom Perry, Laila Bassam, Mark Heinrich Our Organizations: REUTERS, Sunni, Trinity University in, Arab League, United Arab Emirates, U.S ., Reuters, General Assembly, UAE, Research, Foreign Policy Research Institute, Islamic State, U.S . State Department, Saudi, University of Oklahoma, Thomson Locations: Damascus, Syria, Jordan, UAE, Egypt, China BEIRUT, East, United States, Afghanistan, Washington, China, Cairo, Amman, Abu Dhabi, Russia, Iran, Turkey, U.S, Trinity University in Texas, Saudi Arabia, Europe, Kurdish, Gulf, Lebanon, Jordanian, Dubai, Khalidi, Beirut
Syria's President Bashar al-Assad addresses the new members of parliament in Damascus, Syria in this handout released by SANA on August 12, 2020. SANA/Handout via REUTERS/File PhotoDAMASCUS, Oct 8 (Reuters) - Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad has allowed his exiled uncle Rifaat to return to Syria, pro-government Al Watan newspaper said on Friday, citing sources. A former Syrian vice president who was sent into exile in the 1980s, Assad was living in France, where he was put under investigation for tax fraud and money-laundering. His properties in Spain were confiscated before that on the back of a money laundering investigation as well. Rifaat al-Assad is widely held responsible for the suppression of an Islamist uprising in 1982 against then-president Hafez al-Assad, Bashar's father.
Persons: Bashar al, Assad, SANA, Handout, Bashar Al, Rifaat, Al, Rifaat Al, al, Hafez al, Bashar's, Ahmad Elhamy, El, Sonya Hepinstall Organizations: REUTERS, Al Watan, Reuters, Al, Thomson Locations: Damascus, Syria, DAMASCUS, France, Spain, Syrian
REUTERS/Yiannis KourtoglouCAIRO, Oct 5 (Reuters) - Egypt is finalising arrangements to start supplying gas to Lebanon soon under a plan to help ease Lebanon's power crisis, the two countries' energy ministers said after meeting on Tuesday. Under an agreement announced last month, Egypt will supply natural gas to Lebanon via a pipeline that passes through Jordan and Syria to help to boost Lebanon's electricity output. read moreLebanese Energy Minister Walid Fayad said on Tuesday that Egypt could provide more gas than originally anticipated if necessary but gave no details. Life in Lebanon has been paralysed by the crisis, which has deepened as supplies of imported fuel have dried up. The energy plan, however, is complicated by U.S. sanctions on the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad.
Persons: Tarek El Molla, Walid Fayad, Fayad, Molla, Bashar al, Assad, Nayera Abdallah, Alaa, Mahmoud Mourad, David Goodman, Susan Fenton Organizations: Petroleum, Mineral Resources, REUTERS, Energy, Egyptian Petroleum, Thomson Locations: Nicosia, Cyprus, Yiannis, CAIRO, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, U.S, Cairo, Washington, Damascus
Fiona Hill said she was "thrown off" by Jared and Ivanka being on a call between Trump and Putin. "It wasn't exactly their remit, but obviously this call was going to be a family affair," she wrote. She wrote that after she managed to get into the Oval Office, she "was left wondering where to place myself when Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, came in and sat down on one of the sofas." "Ivanka and Jared were both senior advisers, but I had no idea they would be sitting in on the Putin call. "Jared and Ivanka thought they were the royal family of the United States."
Persons: Fiona Hill, Jared, Ivanka, Hill, Jared Kushner, Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump's, Putin, Trump, Bashar Al, Ivanka Trump, Kushner, Stephanie Grisham, Grisham, Melania Trump, Rasputin, Queen Elizabeth II — Organizations: Trump, Putin, Service, National Security Council, Office, White House, House, Melania Locations: Trump's, Russia, Trump, United States
Jordan's King Abdullah II speaks after being welcomed by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., July 22, 2021. REUTERS/Elizabeth FrantzAMMAN, Oct 3 (Reuters) - Jordan's King Abdullah received a phone call from Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, the royal palace said on Sunday in what officials said was the first such communication since the start of the conflict in Syria a decade ago. "They discussed relations between the two brotherly countries and ways of enhancing cooperation," the Jordanian palace statement said. Reporting by Suleiman Al-Khalidi; Editing by David ClarkeOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Jordan's King Abdullah II, Nancy Pelosi, Elizabeth Frantz AMMAN, King Abdullah, Bashar al, Assad, Suleiman Al, Khalidi, David Clarke Organizations: U.S, Capitol, REUTERS, Thomson Locations: Washington , U.S, Syria, Jordanian
Footage of a street fight and explosion has been shared on social media where users falsely claim it shows a suicide bombing in France. Seconds into the video, there is an explosion, and the men are knocked to the ground. According to Instagram users (here and here) the video shows a suicide bombing in France, while Facebook users (here) and here) say it shows the residence of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The location matches the entrance of the Justice Palace in Tartous (see Google: bit.ly/3iiSY8o), where a deadly explosion was reported on Sept. 23 (bit.ly/2Y1e306). The video shows the result of a familial dispute in Tartous, Syria.
Persons: Bashar al, Assad, Yahya H, Mulham, Read Organizations: Facebook, Reuters Locations: France, Syria, Tartous
Jordan fully reopens main crossing with Syria
  + stars: | 2021-09-29 | by ( Suleiman Al-Khalidi | ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +3 min
JABER CROSSING, Jordan, Sept 29 (Reuters) - Jordan fully reopened its main border crossing with Syria on Wednesday in a boost for their struggling economies following a push by Arab states to reintegrate a country they have shunned during its decade-long civil war. Officials in Jordan, a close U.S. ally, and Lebanon have urged Washington to ease sanctions on Syria to facilitate trade. Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and Egypt - another close U.S. ally - this month reached agreement for Egyptian natural gas to be sent to Lebanon via Syria using a pipeline built some 20 years ago in an Arab cooperation project. Arab states cut ties with Syria during its civil war, which the United Nations has said claimed at least 350,209 lives. Syria’s only normally operating frontier crossing has been with Lebanon, and in recent years Iraq after the reopening of the Qaim crossing in 2019.
Persons: JABER, Maha Al Ali, Al, Bashar al, Assad, Jaber, Jordan, Caesar, Michael Georgy, Giles Elgood Organizations: United Nations, United Arab Emirates, Gulf, Businessmen, Royal, Thomson Locations: Jordan, Syria, reintegrate, U.S, Lebanon, Washington, Egypt, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Damascus, Russia, Iran, Europe, Turkey, Amman, Jordanian, Iraq, Kurdish, Jordan's, Royal Jordanian
Officials in Jordan, a U.S. ally, and Lebanon have urged Washington to ease sanctions on Syria. But the United States, which has suspended its diplomatic presence in Syria in 2012, has not shown any indication of an imminent change in ties. Within the regional balance of power between the different Arab states, the pendulum seems to be swinging more towards the pro-Assad friendly side," Bank said. Jordan and Syria hope mutual trade will return to its $1 billion pre-war level. Jordanian officials said a visiting trade delegation from Syria, led by economy, trade, agriculture, water and electricity ministers, would discuss lifting tariff barriers.
Persons: Syria JABER, Moayad Al Zubi, Jaber, Maha Al Ali, Al, Jamal Al Refai, Washington, Bashar al, Assad, Caesar, Andre, Syria's Assad, Jordan, Humeyra Pamuk, Aidan Lewis, Michael Georgy, Giles Elgood, Angus MacSwan, Nick Macfie, Steve Orlofsky, Timothy Heritage, Aurora Ellis Organizations: Reuters, Jordan Chamber of Commerce, State Department, Andre Bank, German Institute for Global and, Studies, Bank, United Nations, United Arab Emirates, United Arab, General Assembly, Thomson Locations: Syria Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Syrian, Jaber, Jordanian, U.S, Washington, United States, Damascus, Egypt, United, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, New York, Kurdish, Cairo
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