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“Bashar al-Assad should not be a part of a peaceful and stable Syria in future”

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US Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson

Lucca, Italy: Speaking on arms control and international security, Rex W. Tillerson, the US Secretary of State, today said here that many nations look to the Geneva process to resolve the Syrian conflict in a way that produces stability and gives Syria and the Syrian people the opportunity to determine their own political future. And our hope is Bashar al-Assad will not be a part of that future. If the Astana ceasefire negotiations become effective towards achieving a durable ceasefire, then the Geneva process has the opportunity to accelerate. To date, Astana has not produced much progress.

Tillerson arrived here in connection with the G7 Foreign Ministers Meeting.

Last week, Tillerson said, Bashar al-Assad’s regime killed even more of its own people using chemical weapons. Our missile strike in response to his repeated use of banned weapons was necessary as a matter of U.S. national security interest.

We do not want the regime’s uncontrolled stockpile of chemical weapons to fall into the hands of ISIS or other terrorist groups who could, and want to, attack the United States or our allies. Nor can we accept the normalization of the use of chemical weapons by other actors or countries, in Syria or elsewhere. As events shift, the United States will continue to evaluate its strategic options and opportunities to de-escalate violence across Syria, the US Secretary of State pointed out.

Tillerson further said that it is also clear Russia has failed to uphold the agreements that had been entered into under multiple UN Security Council resolutions. These agreements stipulated Russia as the guarantor of a Syria free of chemical weapons, that they would also locate, secure, and destroy all such armaments in Syria.

Stockpiles of chemical weapons and their continued use demonstrate that Russia has failed in its responsibility to deliver on this 2013 commitment, Tillerson said adding it is unclear whether Russia failed to take this obligation seriously or Russia has been incompetent, but this distinction doesn’t much matter to the dead. We can’t let this happen again.

Tillrson reiterated that the US military action was a direct response to the Assad regime’s barbarism. The United States priority in Syria and Iraq remains the defeat of ISIS. We are calling on our G7 partners to sustain the fight against ISIS well after the liberation of Mosul and Raqqa. Whether in Iraq and Syria, online, or on the ground in other countries, we must eliminate ISIS. G7 support will be critical. To stabilize Syria we will need the G7’s direct participation helping settle the conflict in Syria, protecting the civilian population, and committing to reconstruction that eventually will lead to normalcy for a unified Syria.

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Six Western powers condemn attacks on Libya’s energy infrastructure

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libya-energy-infrastructureWashington: Condemning this weekend’s attacks on Zueitina, Ras Lanuf, Es Sider, and Brega oil terminals in Libya, the Governments of France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States have asked all parties to undertake an immediate ceasefire and to refrain from any further hostilities.

The western powers, along with the US, have called on all forces to avoid any action that could damage Libya’s energy infrastructure or further disrupt its exports. Libya’s oil belongs to the Libyan people, they have underscored adding the Presidency Council (PC) is the sole steward of these resources. The PC and other Government of National Accord (GNA) institutions have an obligation to ensure oil revenues are used to provide essential services for the Libyan people. Oil infrastructure, production, and export must remain under the exclusive control of the National Oil Corporation (NOC) acting under the GNA’s authority. We call for all military forces that have moved into the oil crescent to withdraw immediately, without preconditions.

The Governments of France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States have reaffirmed their full support for the GNA as Libya’s sole executive authority. They have further asked the Libyan forces to unite in fighting Da’esh and other UN-designated terrorist groups.

In an official statement, the US Department of State has said that violence against fellow Libyans undermines Libya’s stability and encourages division. Political agreements, not conflicts, must determine Libya’s future. Creating a unified, capable national security force under GNA authority is Libya’s best hope for protecting its resources for the benefit of all its people. We urge peaceful cooperation among Libya’s armed forces and immediate efforts to unify into one professional military force. All Libyan forces have a responsibility to serve the entire nation, and to act on behalf of all Libyans. We welcome efforts by partners to encourage all forces to avoid further clashes.

The US spokesperson has also reiterated the intent to enforce UNSCR 2259, including measures concerning illicit oil exports, activities that could damage the integrity and unity of Libyan State financial institutions and the NOC, and individuals and entities engaging in or providing support for acts that threaten the unity, peace, stability or security of Libya.

Italy earthquake: National mourning and solemn funeral for the victims of Arquata del Tronto

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italy earthquake national mourningRome: People in Ascoli Piceno today held a solemn funeral for 35 earthquake victims from the town of Arquata del Tronto.

The funeral held at the gymnasium adjacent to the hospital “Mazzoni” was presided over by Bishop Giovanni D’Ercole in the presence of President Sergio Mattarella and Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.

The Bishop said: “Together, above all we will restore life to our communities, starting from our traditions and from the rubble of death.”

Coinciding with the funeral ceremony, the Prime Minister declared a national day of mourning. The flags will fly at half mast today on all public buildings across Italy as a mark of respect to the departed souls.

FBI warns Italy of terror attacks on its historic monuments

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vaticanWashington, DC : Italy increased security at its historic monuments in the Vatican, Rome and Milan after a warning from the FBI of possible jihadist attacks, according to information gathered by media reports since Wednesday. A latest update revealed, security alerts were raised and tightening of surveillance and tracking of suspicious movements began since morning around the places like Saint Peter’s Square, Milan’s Duomo cathedral and the famous Scala opera house. FBI raised alerts of these places finding place in the suspected target list of possible targets, and these places were flagged by the Federal Bureau of Investigation as sensitive zones requiring security upgradation. This information was further attached with another list of five potentially dangerous individuals in Italy, who wrer reportedly getting tracked for suspicious movements and were kept under strict tracking radar.

The information did not include details about any specific plots, as reported by media, however, the list of places and suspects did bring the Italian administration into prompt action which began taking urgent and important steps to ensure safety of citizens and historic monuments alike. Italy stepped up security in the aftermath of last week’s Paris attacks, with the Vatican and Rome in particular seen as potential targets for Islamist militants.

The Isis group’s propaganda outlets have threatened the home of the Catholic Church, though Italian officials say they have never received evidence of a credible, specific plot to bomb the Italian capital or other sensitive zones within the state.