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Tehran, the US fired 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at Al Shayrat airfield in Syria’s Homs Province after it claimed that Syrian jets had carried out a chemical attack in the town of Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib Province. A year after that missile strike, the Syrian T4 military air base in Homs Province was attacked early Monday. This happened two days after an alleged chemical attack in the militantheld town of Douma in Eastern Ghouta. Donald Trump’s antiDamascus rhetoric following the alleged chemical attack in Douma and the memory of Washington’s missile attack on Al Shayrat airfield raised speculations that the White House was behind the strike on the T4 military air base. At first, Syrian media reported that the US carried out the attack but the Pentagon quickly denied such reports. Ultimately, it was revealed that Israeli warplanes conducted the strike on the T4 air base and the US had no role in it. Now the question is why Tel Aviv conducted the raid. As some of Israeli officials have confirmed, the regime’s attack might have been conducted to stop alleged transfer of weapons to Lebanon’s Hezbollah. Nonetheless, Trump’s antiDamascus tweet after the alleged chemical strike in Eastern Ghouta signaled that Israel’s purposes of attacking the Syrian air base are beyond Hezbollah’s arms issue. This is reflected in remarks by Amiram Levin, a retired Israeli general, who said that Tel Aviv must cooperate with Washington to oust Syrian President Bashar alAssad. Hence, it seems that Israel seeks to implement strategic plans in Syria. This stems from Trump’s remarks who announced that US troops would leave Syria. The US president, however, agreed to keep US troops in Syria for an undetermined period of time but called for ending America’s involvement in the conflict as soon as possible. Israel not only wants Trump to change his mind to maintain US troops in Syria, but it also explores ways to push the White House to expand US military presence in the warhit nation. In fact, Israel seized the opportunity and developed another plot by attacking the Syrian air base amid the fuss over the chemical attack in Douma. Tel Aviv’s strike showed that international organizations must take countermeasures against Israel to prevent further deterioration of the situation in Syria. Iran, Brazil discuss JCPOA developments

Tehran Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in a meeting with his Brazilian counterpart Aloysio Nunes discussed the latest developments in Iran nuclear deal.

Zarif and Nunes also exchanged views on regional issues, tourism and creating shipping and air lines.

Both sides discussed economic cooperation grounds in energy, knowledgebased firms, agriculture and pharmaceuticals.

Maintaining joint cooperation on exporting Iranian oil products and exchanging technical delegations to establish organizational relations between Tehran and Mercosur were among other topics reviewed by Iranian and Brazilian FMs.

Mercosur is a South American trade bloc established by the Treaty of Asuncion in 1991 and Protocol of Ouro Preto in 1994. Its full members are Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay.

Zarif also called for creating trade balance between the two countries with Iranian companies' participation in Brazil.

He underlined the importance of removing banking problems and creating a banking channel to facilitate trade exchanges.

Zarif was in Senegal on Monday morning on the first leg of his tour to four African and South American countries.

Scores of officials in economic, financial and knowledgebased fields from state and private sectors are accompanying Zarif during his trip.

During his tour to Brazil, Iranian Foreign Minister signed documents in legal, judiciary, commercial, trade, educational and cultural fields.

After Brazil Zarif went to Uruguay on the third leg of his tour.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency IRNA


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