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More surprising have been the cracks starting to emerge in Tehran's ties with Moscow, which has been the other chief supporter of Assad. Iran is worried that Russia appears to be shifting its allegiance towards Turkey: working with Turkish forces against the Islamic State group and excluding Iran from initial ceasefire talks in northern Syria. Ali Vaez, of the International Crisis Group, said Iran and Russia were only ever "tactical partners, not strategic allies". "Russia doesn't appear to share Iran's key priorities in Syria. Not only does Assad appear more dispensable to Russia than he is to Iran, but Russian officials also appear more comfortable with the concept of federalism in Syria than their Iranian counterparts," said Vaez. Others disagree, saying Russia has no choice but to stick by Iran. "The Russians want a strong strategic presence in Syria and the region," said Ali Montazeri, a Tehran-based analyst.
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K. is widely believed to have masterminded Resolution 2334. One supposition is that British Prime Minister Theresa Maykeen to tether a U.K. now unmooring itself from Europe to the U.S. insteadhas fallen in line with President-elect Trumps worldview on Israel. That worldview could not be more different to the outgoing Obama administration, whose genuinely pro-Israeli position could be summed up as friends dont let friends drive drunk; that is, build settlements that destroy a two-state solution. Trump, on the other hand, is plying his alcoholic friends with liquor, and goading them to drive faster. He has promised to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem , though no country on earth currently has its embassy there, nor recognises Israels annexation of the eastern part of the city. This could unleash violence on a scale we have not seen for over a decade, with the potential to create ripples around the Islamic world.
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The Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has invited representatives of the incoming Trump administration to the upcoming Syria peace talks in Kazakhstan. Speaking in Moscow on Tuesday Lavrov said he believes US and UN representatives should be invited to the meeting. Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is against any US participation in the talks that are to be held in Astana on 1/23/17. He told Iran's Tasnim news agency: “We are opposed to US presence (in the Astana meeting). We have not invited the US and are against their presence,” he said. Sergey Lavrov however believes that US and UN representatives should be invited to the meeting. Foriegn Minister Lavrov also criticized the Obama administration for failing to save lives in Syria and watching idly as Islamic extremism and terrorism spread in the region. “Damascus was two to three weeks from falling” when Moscow intervened, said Lavrov.
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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia is committed to assist the 56,000 Rohingya refugees currently residing in the country by absorbing them into the semi-skilled workforce. Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said such effort would allow ethnic Rohingyas with UNHCR cards to become an asset to the nation, rather than becoming a liability. Ahmad Zahid, who is also the Home Minister, said the government is currently in the midst of scrutinising the plan to allow for Rohingya refugees to be able to work legally in Malaysia. "They will be given training in the semi-skill sector and we will scrutinise the implementation to provide them with work opportunity. "These UNHCR card holders will be given the temporary foreign work permit (PLKS), and their status can be changed from a liability to an asset to our workforce," he told reporters at the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation extraordinary session at the KL Convention Centre here.
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