Cuban Communist Party: Syria’s victory over terrorism is a victory for its friendly countries

Havana, SANA – Member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of Cuba, Jose Ramon Balaguer Cabrera, said that Syria’s victory over terrorism is a victory for all its friendly countries in the world including Cuba.

Balaguer made his remarks during a meeting with the Syrian Ambassador to Cuba, Idris Mayya.

Balaguer hailed the sacrifices and achievements made by the Syrian Arab army against terrorism, expressing confidence that Syria will achieve victory in its war against states and powers which have bad intentions towards the country.

He reiterated Cuban leadership and people’s support to Syria, renewing Cuba’s condemnation and firm rejection of any interference in its internal affairs since the Syrian people alone have the right to determine their future.

Ambassador Mayya stressed Syria’s determination to continue fighting terrorist organizations throughout Syrian territory until full eradication, adding that Syria will defeat terrorism thanks to the steadfastness of its people, the heroic sacrifices of its army and the bravery of its leadership.

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Vladimir Putin And Donald Trump To Speak By Phone On Saturday: Kremlin


Moscow, Russia: US President Donald Trump and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin will on Saturday hold their first phone conversation since the American leader's inauguration, the Kremlin said.  

"I can confirm that a telephone conversation is planned. It will be Saturday evening Moscow time," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists on Friday.

Peskov said Putin would congratulate Trump on officially becoming president and the two would likely discuss the "state of bilateral ties".

But Putin's spokesman refused to comment on rumours that Trump might already be gearing up to roll back sanctions against Moscow that have helped drive ties to their lowest point since the end of the Cold War.  

"This is the first contact by phone since President Trump assumed office so it is hardly likely there will be substantive contact on all issues. Let's be patient," he said.

The two leaders already spoke by phone in November following Trump's election, and agreed to "normalise" US-Russia relations, which have suffered notably since the crisis in Ukraine.

Throughout the election campaign, Trump praised Putin and was accused by his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton of being Putin's "puppet."

Less than one month before leaving the White House, former president Barack Obama took action against Moscow over what he said was Russian meddling in the US presidential election.

The measures by Obama, who accused Moscow of "efforts to harm US interests," included the expulsion of 35 alleged intelligence agents and financial sanctions on Russia's top intelligence agencies.

Trump has pledged to mend ties with Putin's government, and is angered by suggestions that his victory was aided by illegal Russian interference.

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Pentagon and CIA to Decide on Illegal Interrogation Methods

Washington, Jan 26 (Prensa Latina) The possible US decision to reintroduce illegal interrogation methods to prisoners falls today to the Department of Defense and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), according to President Donald Trump.

According to him, who will serve a week in office tomorrow, drowning and other procedures, considered as torture, works well.

However, Trump assured in an interview last night with ABC that he will let the respective Pentagon and the CIA chiefs, James Mattis and Mike Pompeo, decide on the existence of such practices.

I will respect what they say; if they do not want to do that, that is fine; if they want to do it, then I will continue until the end. I want to do everything that one is authorized to legally do, he said.

For the Republican president, it is necessary to fight fire with fire facing the decapitations of Americans and other crimes committed by the terrorist group Islamic State.

These statements by Trump occurred in the context of press releases about his government's presumed assessment of reinstalling secret CIA prisons abroad, known as black sites.

According to Mattis, US Secretary of Defense, building trust with the detainees and rewarding their cooperation is much better.

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