Lebanese voters head to the polls to elect a new session to Parliament. Preliminary counts show the Iran-backed Hezbollah and its allies, who won in the previous election, losing seats while the Saudi-backed Lebanese Forces made gains.
Iranian-British dual citizens Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and Anoosheh Ashoori are released from prison in Iran and return to the United Kingdom after spending 5 years and 11 months, and 2 years and 7 months, respectively, in prison for suspected espionage.
Nearly 300 migrants including Syrians arrived in Edirne province, Turkey, on the border with Greece in a bid to go to Europe. Another group of migrants arrived on the coast of Ayvacik in Çanakkale, western Turkey, and wanted to go to the Greek island of Lesbos by boats. Turkish officials announced that the security forces will not intervene to prevent the crossing of any migrants, including those from Syria and other countries like Afghanistan and Iran.
Tehran, Iran, hosts a foreign ministers' conference on Syria, but the attendees remain unknown. Russia is to be represented by its ambassador to Iran. [https:--www.reuters.com-article-2012-08-09-us-syria-crisis-idUSBRE8610SH20120809 (Reuters)] [http:--english.ruvr.ru-2012_08_08-Russian-ambassador-to-attend-Syria-meeting-in-Tehran- (The Voice of Russia)]date=August 2019
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says Iran is ready for talks with the six majors powers of the G5 5+1 group in November, but the Islamic Republic's previous conditions for holding talks should be met. [http:--www.iran-daily.com-# (Iran Daily)] [http:--www.mehrnews.com-en-NewsDetail.aspx?NewsID=1172979 (Mehr)] [http:--www.tehrantimes.com-index_View.asp?code=228764 (Tehran Times)] [http:--www.irna.ir-ENNewsShow.aspx?NID=30025109 (IRNA)]date=August 2019