Astana-14 Talks on Syria Kicks OffThe first day of the 14th round of Astana talks on Syria has started in the Kazakh capital with Iranian and Russian delegations holding bilateral negotiations at its sidelines.
Senior Israeli Rabbi Visits Bahrain Amid Normalization BidsShlomo Amar, senior Israeli rabbi, has visited Bahrain under the guise of participation in a religious event and met with the West-backed kingdom’s monarch, as Tel Aviv and its Arab allies accelerate attempts to normalize ties following years of clandestine contacts.
Iran ’Fully Ready’ for Comprehensive Prisoner Swap with US: FMIran’s Foreign Minister said on Monday Tehran was ready to exchange more prisoners with Washington. Mohammad Javad Zarif’s remarks came after Americans freed Iranian stem cell scientist Masoud Soleimani after over one year of imprisonment in the US.
Alwaght- At the moment Central Asia has two areas capable of triggering high-tensions; the first is the Fergana Valley, while the Northern Afghan borders with Central Asian countries, particularly Tajikistan and Turkmenistan represent the second area. Crisis in these areas threatens the security of Russia, China and Iran.