Head of Italian secret service visited Assad last weekend

Alberto Manenti, the director of the Italian intelligence agency, visited Bashar Al-Assad last weekend, according to Gulf News. According to sources in Damascus, the Italians promised to trigger an initiative by EU Higher Representative for Foreign Affairs, Federica Mogherini, “within weeks” aimed at lifting economic sanctions on Syria if the Syrians agreed to share intelligence on Daesh and start a serious political transition. (Gulf News, Il Foglio)