Tunisia and Palestine signed two cooperation agreements on Monday, with the presence of Tunisian Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui and his Palestinian counter- part Riyad Al-Maliki. The first agreements speak about the creation of a joint commission, while the second preview a strengthening partnership between the technical cooperation agencies. Foreign Minister said that the first agreement has the aim to establish a strong cooperation between the two Countries, while the second wants to prospect new opportunities for cooperation with other parties. Khemaies Jhinaoui said that the visit wants to improve bilateral relationship, in light of the visit the Palestinian President will soon make to Tunisia, and he added, during the visit, that Tunisia is close to the Palestinian people who has the right to establish an independent State.
The Syrian army said it had retaken a swathe of territory from Islamic State in southern Syria on Thursday in a rapid advance near areas held by U.S.-backed Syrian rebels at the border with Jordan and Iraq. Tensions flared in the southern region last week when the U.S.-led coalition mounted an air strike against pro-government forces that U.S. officials said posed a threat to U.S. and U.S.-backed Syrian fighters in the area. Washington described the forces as Iranian-directed. The Syrian army on Thursday declared the capture of areas to the south of Palmyra and to the east of Qaryatayn in southeastern Homs province. An official with one of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) rebel groups operating in southern Syria told Reuters that government forces appeared to be trying to preempt any rebel move toward Deir al-Zor, another priority target for the government.