Sports fans worldwide eagerly await the Olympics, and this time there is cause for cautious optimism that sport diplomacy may lower tensions on the Korean Peninsula itself, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Shamshad Akhtar has said.
Talks between the Syrian government and opposition in the Russian resort city of Sochi enter their second and final day in the hope of paving the way for a peaceful settlement of the conflict gripping the Arab state.
In response to Jordan King Abdullah's anti-Iran claims, Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman said the principled, stable and unchanging policy of the Islamic Republic of Iran has always been contributing to peace, stability and security in the region.
The Syrian government’s delegation returned to Geneva in a bid to resume the UN-organized peace talks for Syria with the representatives of the foreign-backed opposition groups, more than a week after Damascus left the negotiations, arguing that the other side had made the road to peace impassable.
Syria has welcomed the Syrian National Dialogue Congress to be held in the Russian Black Sea resort city of Sochi aimed at resolving the years-long crisis in the Arab country, affirming Damascus will attend the event.
The next round of negotiations between representatives from the Syrian government and foreign-sponsored armed opposition besides delegates from Iran, Russia, and Turkey as mediators will take place between September 14 and 15 in Kazakhstan.