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New York, Riyadh, London- Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud stressed on Tuesday the Kingdom’s support for the Syrian brotherly people in achieving their aspirations and in alleviating the humanitarian suffering.

Speaking from Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh after receiving General Coordinator of Supreme Commission for Negotiations of the Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces Riad Hijab, King Salman confirmed Saudi Arabia supports the political solution in Syria in accordance with Geneva 1 statement.

The king and Hijab also discussed the latest developments in Syria.

Meanwhile, three U.N. draft resolutions were being discussed on Tuesday at the Security Council concerning the cessation of hostilities in Syria, particularly in Aleppo.

New Zeeland, which presides the Council until the end of this year, is currently seeking to pass a draft resolution, which aims at ending the deadly attacks in Syria, specifically the use of air assaults in Aleppo.

Most members are expected to welcome the draft that includes articles from both the French and Russian draft resolutions.

Early this month, the Security Council failed to pass two separate French and Russian draft resolutions after Moscow foiled Paris’ proposal demanding an end to the raids on Aleppo, while Russia’s draft failed to receive the minimum required votes.

On Thursday, the U.N. is also expected to discuss the issue of chemical weapons in light of the final report prepared by the U.N. and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (APCW).

The report concluded that the Syrian regime has attacked Syrian locations three times using chemical weapons in 2015.

Also, France aims to present a new draft resolution under Article 7 of the U.N. Charter concerning chemical weapons used by the Syrian regime. In the draft, France asks for sanctions against Syria for using the arms

Meanwhile, Britain’s The Guardian newspaper wrote on Tuesday that the UK is to resume training of the Syrian moderate opposition, sending a further 20 Ministry of Defense personnel to the Middle East to help them prepare for an eventual attack on ISIS’ Syrian headquarters.

The British government hopes the trainers will not only improve the capabilities of existing fighters but also generate new forces.

The defense secretary, Michael Fallon, said that up to 20 UK personnel would deploy to locations in the region “to provide vetted members of the moderate Syrian opposition with the skills they need to continue to take the fight” to ISIS.