Walid Muallem - updates

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Russia, Syria hit back as pressure builds over 'chemical attack'

Apr 06, 2017 - 7:05 PM

UPDATED World powers point the finger at the government of Bashar al Assad but Foreign Minister Walid Muallem repeats the government s denial

TREATMENT. An unconscious Syrian child receives treatment at a hospital in Khan Sheikhun, a rebel-held town in the northwestern Syrian Idlib province, following a suspected toxic gas attack on April 4, 2017. File photo by Omar Haj Kadour/ AFP

Syria making 'great strides' in war – FM tells UN

Sep 25, 2016 - 12:23 AM

Syria s foreign minister says facts show that a US led coalition air strike on Syrian soldiers was an intentional attack and not an error even if the United States claims otherwise

Assad ouster 'red line' for regime – Syria FM

Mar 12, 2016 - 8:51 PM

Walid Muallem also says that the government delegation to the Geneva talks due to start on Monday will wait no more than 24 hours for the opposing side to arrive

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem. File photo by Sergei Chirikov/EPA

Syria says ready to enter new peace talks

Dec 25, 2015 - 12:25 PM

Foreign Minister Walid Muallem says Syria is waiting to receive a list of terrorist organizations that would not be allowed to participate in the talks

Syrian government forces monitor an area near the village of Khan Tuman, south from the provincial capital Aleppo, on December 22, 2015, two days after army units and other pro-regime forces recaptured several areas in the north of the country from Islamist forces, including Al-Qaeda's Syrian branch, Al-Nusra Front and Ahrar al-Sham brigade. Khan Tuman was the scene of fierce clashes between loyalist forces, including fighters of Lebanon's Shiite militia Hezbollah, and Islamist rebels, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. AFP PHOTO / GEORGE OURFALIAN / AFP / GEORGE OURFALIAN

Russia works with US, rebels in Syria air campaign

Nov 04, 2015 - 12:00 PM

Moscow s statement shows tentative signs the powers are working together to end the civil war ahead of UN talks

(L-R) Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura and US Secretary of State John Kerry hold a press conference at the Grand Hotel October 30, 2015 in Vienna, Austria. Brendan Smialowski/AFP

UN peace envoy in Damascus to brief government on Vienna talks

Nov 01, 2015 - 9:12 PM

UN peace envoy Staffan de Mistura meets with Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem in Damascus to discuss ongoing international talks on Syria s 4 year war

IN DAMASCUS. In a handout picture provided by the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) shows Syrian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Walid Muallem (C-R) meeting with United Nations (UN) special envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura (C-L), during a brief visit in the Syrian capital Damascus on November 1, 2015. SANA/Handout/AFP

Syria's Assad forms government, 11 new ministers

Aug 28, 2014 - 9:42 AM

Most of the new ministers were in economic postings in a potential nod to the dire economic straits in which Syria finds itself after more than three years of war and the deaths of 190 000 people

STILL IN POWER. A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on July 16, 2014, shows Syrian President Bashar al-Assad being sworn in for a new seven-year term, during a ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Damascus. SANA/Handout/AFP

US rules out coordination with Syria as it spies on jihadists

Aug 27, 2014 - 8:59 AM

It comes after Syrian President Bashar al Assad s regime said it is willing to work with the international community including Washington to tackle extremist fighters

UNREST CONTINUES. Rebel fighters walk in front of damaged buildings in Karam al-Jabal neighborhood of Aleppo on August 26, 2014. Zein Rifai/AMC/AFP

US to track jihadists in Syria with spy planes

Aug 26, 2014 - 4:15 PM

Damascus says for the first time that it is willing to work with the international community including the United States and Britain to tackle terrorists including ISIS and Al Qaeda s Syrian affiliate Al Nusra Front

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem speaks during a press conference in Damascus, Syria, 25 August 2014. Youssef Badawi/EPA

Hundreds evacuated from Syria's Homs on eve of talks

Feb 09, 2014 - 10:16 PM

UPDATED State television said the operation – the second evacuation in 3 days – took place under fire from armed terrorist groups

DISPLACED. An image of the Virgin Mary and baby Jesus hangs on the partially destroyed wall of a house belonging to a Christian family in a neighbourhood besieged by government forces in the central Syrian city of Homs on February 1, 2014. Photo by AFP

Syria death toll tops 136,000; future talks uncertain

Feb 02, 2014 - 8:45 AM

The prospects of a peaceful outcome looked dim after 10 days of talks in Geneva yielded no tangible results and the regime said it was unsure whether it would return to the negotiating table

AMID THE RUINS. A Syrian man walks amid debris and dust following an alleged air strike by Syrian government forces on January 31, 2014 in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. Mohammed al-Khatieb/AFP

Syria talks to continue despite deadlock over power transfer

Jan 28, 2014 - 9:43 AM

UN mediator Lakhdar Brahimi admitted that talks haven t produced much but he said he would bring the country s warring sides together again on Tuesday

NO PROGRESS. UN-Arab League Special Envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi speaks during a press conference after a round of talks at the European headquarters of the United Nations, in Geneva, Switzerland, 27 January 2014. Laurent Gillieron/EPA

Syria warring sides join world powers in Montreux for talks

Jan 22, 2014 - 6:40 AM

Officials express little hope of a breakthrough at the conference but say just bringing President Bashar al Assad s regime and the opposition to the same table will be a sign of progress

TALKS VENUE. Police block the street at the arrival of Syrian government delegation at their hotel on January 21, 2014 on the eve of the so-called Geneva II peace talks in Montreux. Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Putin plots Syria strategy with Iran's Zarif

Jan 16, 2014 - 1:36 PM

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif s talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin will also cover Tehran s acceptance of curbs on its nuclear program and possible purchase of missiles

Syria disarmament team launches mission

Oct 01, 2013 - 7:59 PM

UPDATED The operation to rid Syria of chemical weapons by a target date of mid 2014 will be one of the largest and most dangerous of its kind

ENTERING THE WAR ZONE. A convoy of United Nations vehicles is seen at the Lebanon-Syria Masnaa border crossing on October 1, 2013 as a chemical weapons disarmament team cross into Syria to begin the task of inventorying the country's arsenal of the banned weapons in readiness for its destruction. AFP/Stringer

UN chemical experts leave Damascus at end of mission

Sep 30, 2013 - 8:26 PM

A second separate group of inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons is also expected to arrive in Syria on Tuesday

Assad: Syria will comply with UN arms resolution

Sep 30, 2013 - 10:01 AM

Bashar al Assad tells Italy s Rai News 24 television his regime will comply with the resolution passed Friday by the UN Security Council

'WE WILL COMPLY.' Syrian President Bashar Al Assad says Syria will comply with the UN Security Council resolution on the country's chemical arsenal. In this file photo, Assad speaks during an interview with the television network TeleSUR, in Damascus, Syria, 25 May 2013. EPA/SANA/Handout 26 Sept 2013

Syria to attend Geneva peace conference: FM

May 26, 2013 - 7:21 PM

UPDATED Syria s foreign minister says his government will take part in a peace conference in Geneva terming it a good opportunity for a political solution to the civil war in Syria