Saudi Arabia Ask Syria to Stop Violence in East Ghouta

 The Saudi Arabian government asked the Syrian government to stop the violence in its attacks in the East Ghouta region.

"We emphasize the need for the Syrian regime to stop the violence, allow the entry of humanitarian aid, and to take seriously the path of political solutions to this crisis," the Saudi Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Twitter accounts as reported by the AFP news agency The Saudi Ministry also asked Damascus to comply with UN Security Council resolution 2254, calling for a national ceasefire and political transition.

Jet- Syrian jet fighters have continued to bombard East Ghouta, a region on the outskirts of Damascus in recent days. The attacks of President Bashar al-Assad's regime have been reported to have killed more than 300 people and triggered international condemnation.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres called the situation in East Ghosta this time "hell on earth. " The UN Security Council plans to vote on a draft resolution calling for a 30-day ceasefire to allow for medical aid and evacuation.

Occupied by rebels since 2012, East Ghouta is the last bag held by the opposition around Damascus. President Assad has mobilized additional troops in an effort to reclaim the territory.

So far more than 340 thousand lives have been floated during the 7-year-old war in Syria. Millions of citizens have left their homes and cities are falling apart.
(ita / ita)

<! –


If Congress Is Not Agree, US Government Operations Stop Thursday Midnight

US Senate leaders on Wednesday approved a bipartisan agreement that will fund the federal government for two years, but left the immigration topic at issue unresolved.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said, No one thinks this is perfect, but we have worked hard to find common ground and remain focused on serving the American people.the first and foremost, this bipartisan agreement will free us from the various cuts that have harmed the armed forces and endangered our national security. "

But seeking full agreement in the House is more difficult. Minority Leader of the House, Nancy Pelosi spoke at the Congress for eight hours on Wednesday and the contents of the protest and in the end she announced that she would not support the funding agreement until Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan allowed a vote that would respond to the demands of the participants the DACA program, a program that protects young immigrants whose children were illegally brought by their parents to the United States.

Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Minority Leader said, "There is nothing partisan or political in the effort to protect the Dreamers or young immigrants children are brought into the US by their parents illegally.If a DREAM Act is brought to a congressional plenary session, it will get away with strong bipartisan support and I applaud the Republican colleagues who dare speak up about this, but the young immigrants we are now drowned in fear and uncertainty, and cowardice on the part of the Republic must be avoided hiri. "

It is unclear whether a suitable bipartisan funding agreement can be reached in the House before the deadline of Thursday night, so that government operations can continue.

Trump President has signaled support for the Senate deal, which includes an increase in defense spending, after he seemed to threaten to allow the closure of government operations to take place.

Democrats blocked an emergency shopping bill in January, triggering the closure of a three-day federal government operation aimed at protesting Congressional inaction response to DACA, an Obama-created program that would ended March 5th. [ps/jm]

Budget Impasse Returns to Stop Government Operation Cessation

The US Congress on Tuesday (6/2) overshadowed the deadlock of the talks on the government budget, two days before the possibility of halting some government operations, in which members of the Republican and Democratic factions had not reached agreement on how long it would take to extend the related domestic spending budget national defense.

Members of the Republican faction in the House are expected to use their majority vote to pass an expenditure budget that will fund Pentagon operations until the rest of this fiscal year, but funding domestic programs for only six weeks.

"DPR will send to the Senate a bill to fund our entire military during the year, while we work to complete the budget agreement, "said House Speaker Paul Ryan; and added that the Democratic faction should choose to "supply the resources needed to the military."

The Democratic Faction hinted at their intention to block the bill proposed by the House in the Senate, where Democratic factions could request three-fifths (60 percent) The bill could go forward.

"The Democratic Faction has made our position in these talks very clear: we support an increase in the budget for the military and the middle class," said Senate minority leader Chuck Schummer. He added, "the two are not mutually exclusive. We do not want to do one and leave the other. "

The US government budget has been extended four times since late last year and will end at midnight Thursday (8/2). The leaders of both political parties in the Senate have worked together to reach a two-year agreement on all federal operations, but have been forced to consider emergency measures until such an agreement is over. [em/jm]

Join the Olympics, North Korea Stop Missile Trial, USA Skeptical

North Korea's participation in the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea this week to make it temporarily halt nuclear and nuclear tests.

For South Korea, this development reinforces its support for dialogue to resolve the nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula. However, the Americans doubted North Korea's good intentions and saw it as an attempt to undermine international support for economic sanctions against Pyongyang.

In the opening ceremonies of the PyeongChang Olympics the South and North contingents will perform together under the banner of a special unity. They also featured a joint team for women's ice hockey.

The North Korean cheerleading team, all made up of women and called 'the beautiful army' will provide support for athletes from both countries.

The Samjiyon Band orchestra Band and North Korean artists (19659003) For South Korean President Moon Jae-in, this inter-Korean cooperation is part of a wider diplomatic initiative to peacefully resolve the nuclear-related confrontation between the two countries.

19659003] "We also have to invite North Korea into a denuclearization dialogue, which will improve relations between the two Koreas," Moon said.

However, in South Korea it is getting stronger against the President Moon related Olympic initiative which is considered a unilateral concession to North Korea which is repressive.

The United States also sees Olympic cooperation from Pyongyang's side in an effort to soften its image and undermining international support for economic sanctions against North Korea, as noted by US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley

"This is a distracting effort. North Korea always does it, if the situation gets too hot, they start talking, "Haley said.

President Donald Trump imposed a policy of" maximum pressure ", emphasized tougher economic sanctions and possible military action, to halt the development of nuclear cruise missiles Korea North that can reach the territory of America.

But North Korean leader Kim Jong Un does not even want to negotiate the possibility of stopping his nuclear program. To underscore his position, North Korea is believed to be conducting a massive military parade the day before the Olympic opening, which may include, among other things, the cruise missiles it has tested.

Trump's president is unwilling to commit when recently asked about the possibility of peace after the Olympics .

The United States and South Korea suspended joint military exercises for the sake of the Olympics but hinted that the exercises will be reunited after the Games, although North Korea demanded that a joint South American military exercise be further suspended in favor of improved inter-Korean relations. [ds]

Kabul Asks US Government to Stop Deportation of Afghan Citizens

Afghanistan called on the American government to stop deporting Afghans, saying it has no repatriation agreement with the United States.

"We do not sign such an agreement with the United States," Ahmad Shekib Mostaghni, a spokesman for the Foreign Ministry Afghanistan, to the VOA Afghanistan Service.

If there is such an agreement, Mostaghni says it will be done by the Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation, which he says handles all immigration matters

"So, because the Ministry does not know such an agreement , then I can officially confirm that we – the Ministry of Foreign Affairs – have not signed any treaty with America in this matter, "added Mostaghni.

Adviser to the Refugees and Repatriation Affairs Department Hafiz Ahmad Miakhel also affirmed that his government has not agreed to a repatriation and say ba "The ongoing war has forced people to leave Afghanistan," he said in an interview. "[Our] country is a warring country, and our people need more help than deportation."

The EU signed a repatriation agreement with Afghanistan in October 2016, to pave the way for the return of unsuccessful Afghan asylum seekers. In addition, Germany, Sweden and Finland have inter-state agreements.

When VOA asked this question on American Immigration and Customs whether America had an agreement, spokesman Brendan Raedy gave the following written response:

"International law requires every the state to recover its citizens who are expelled from the US The US itself regularly cooperates with foreign governments in documenting and accepting its citizens when requested, as do most countries of the world. " [sp/ii]