UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Russia questioned on Friday the legality of U.S. and Arab air strikes in Syria to target Islamic State militants because the action was taken without the approval and cooperation of Moscow’s ally Damascus.
The United States, which has long called for the dismissal of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, began air and missile strikes on strongholds of Islamic State in Syria this week, backed up by some Gulf Arab allies. Washington forewarned Damascus of the action, but did not seek approval for it.
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – There is no value in peace talks with Israel unless the goal is ending its 47-year occupation of the Palestinian territories within a “firm timetable”, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told the United Nations General Assembly on Friday.
“It’s high time for this settlement occupation to end now,” Abbas told the 193-member world body, which overwhelming gave the Palestinians de facto statehood in 2012 by upgrading their U.N. status to “non-member state” from “entity.”
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Iran President Hassan Rouhani on Thursday blamed the rise of the Islamic State group and other militants on the mistakes of the West and said the solution to stopping them must come from the Middle East.
“The strategic blunders of the West in the Middle East, Central Asia and the Caucasus have turned these parts of the world into a haven for terrorists and extremists,” he said in a speech to the 193-member United Nations General Assembly.