Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will host his Russian and Iranian counterparts on Monday for their latest summit on Syria, with attention focused on Damascus’s push on the last rebel-held bastion of Idlib.
President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan has sent a message of congratulations to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, on the occasion of the Holy Month of Ramadan.
The leaders of Russia, Iran and Turkey met in Ankara, on Monday to discuss the situation in Syria, with the aim of halting fighting in the northwestern Idlib province and finding a lasting political solution to the country’s civil war, now in its ninth year.
By restricting the field of candidates for the upcoming presidential election in Iran, the conservative clerical establishment has not only tightened the hardliners’ grip on power but also narrowed the political spectrum.
Iranians go to the polls today to elect its eighth president to succeed moderate reformist Hassan Rouhani. Turn-out is expected to be a low 37-42 per cent.
Ebrahim Raisi won just shy of 62 per cent of the vote in Friday's election, according to official figures, on a turnout of 48.8 per cent, a record low for a presidential poll in the Islamic republic.
The gradual US disengagement from this region in favour of a pivot toward Asia has launched a process of reconciliation among countries which have been estranged by competition and rivalries.