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Iranian President reaffirms commitment to strengthening ties in meeting with PM Abbasi

NEW YORK: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani met with Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Wednesday at the United Nations General Assembly and reaffirmed his commitment to strengthen ties with Pakistan.Ā  According to details, the two leaders met at the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly. Rouhani and Abbasi discussed theĀ strengthening of relations between…

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Trump issues stark threats to North Korea and Iran at UN

UNITED NATIONS, United States: President Donald Trump warned Tuesday that the United States is ready to “totally destroy” North Korea and vowed to confront Iran’s “murderous regime” over its weapons program. In his first address to leaders gathered at the United Nations General Assembly, Trump warned North Korea not to pursue its nuclear missile program…

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China provides $10 billion credit line to Iran

BEIJING: A Chinese state-owned investment firm has provided a $10 billion credit line for Iranian banks, Iran’s central bank president said Saturday. The contract was signed in Beijing between China’s CITIC investment group and a delegation of Iranian banks led by central bank president Valiollah Seif. The Iran Daily said the funds would finance water,…

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Russia, Iran, Turkey to police Syria Idlib safe zone

Astana: Russia, Iran and Turkey on Friday agreed a deal to jointly police a fourth safe zone around Syria’s Idlib province as part of a Moscow-led plan to ease the six-year conflict. In a joint statement after two days of talks in Kazakhstan the three powers said they agreed “to allocate” their forces to patrol…

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US retains Iran deal sanctions relief — for now

The United States agreed Thursday to continue for now to exempt Iran from nuclear-related sanctions but slapped new measures on targets accused of cyber attacks or destabilizing the region. The decision to continue to waive the sanctions was expected, but the new sanctions and some tough words from President Donald Trump will be seen as…

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Cancel Iran nuclear deal, Netanyahu appealed to world powers

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday that the nuclear deal between world powers and Iran should be amended or canceled. Speaking in Buenos Aires alongside Argentine President Mauricio Macri, Netanyahu said he wanted to correct the impression in recent media reports that Israel’s position on the 2015 deal had softened. “So let me take…

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Pakistan, Iran see eye to eye for peace in Afghanistan

TEHRAN: Pakistan and Iran have agreed to enhance cooperation in establishing peace and security in Afghanistan through regional and multilateral political talks. It was agreed during meeting of Pakistani foreign Minister Khwaja Muhammad Asif with his Iranian counterpart Jawad Zarif in Tehran. In the meeting, they also reviewed fighting against terrorism in the region and…

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Trump offers to mediate in Qatar crisis

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump offered on Thursday to mediate in the crisis between Qatar and its Arab neighbors and said he believed the dispute could be solved “fairly easily.” “I would be willing to be the mediator,” Trump told reporters at a joint press conference with Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah. “I would…

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Iran needs to change its policies for good relations with Saudia : Saudi FM

London: Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir on Tuesday denied any warming of relations with regional rival Iran after Tehran thanked Riyadh for its handling of the annual hajj pilgrimage. “If Iran wants to have good relations with Saudi Arabia, it has to change its policies. It has to respect international law,” Jubeir told a press…

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Iran says Hajj success opens way for talks with Saudi

Iran thanked Saudi Arabia on Tuesday for its handling of the annual hajj pilgrimage, saying it opened the way for negotiations between the regional rivals. “We thank Saudi Arabia… for adopting a new approach in dealing with Iranian pilgrims,” said Ali Ghazi-Askar, the head of the hajj organisation in Tehran, according to the state broadcaster….

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Pakistani envoys discussing foreign policy at three-day conference

ISLAMABAD: A three-day conference of selected Pakistani envoys begun in Islamabad today (Tuesday) to discuss important foreign policy matters. The participants will discuss potential strength of the foreign policy and options available in view of the current geo-political and regional situation, official said. The meeting will also discuss progress in Pak-US relations in the light…

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Qureshi highlights Iran’s importance in post-Trump statement scenario

ISLAMABAD: Parliamentary leader of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) in National Assembly Shah Mehmood Qureshi Wednesday highlighted the importance of Iran especially in the post US President statement scenario, saying both Pakistan and Iran accommodated Afghan refugees for decades. “It is the right decision that the Foreign Minister should visit Russia, Turkey and China to discuss the…

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Iran slams Trump’s remarks about Pakistan

TEHRAN: Iranian FM Spokesman bahram Ghasemi advised the Americans to put an end to their meddlesome policies in Middle Eastern countries. ā€œWhat presently the US is highlighting to condemn other countries with is the result of years of wrong and inappropriate policies of Americans in the countries of the region, especially Afghanistan,ā€ said Bahram Ghasemi…

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Qatar to reinstate ambassador to Iran amid Gulf crisis

DOHA: Qatar is to restore full diplomatic relations with regional power Iran, its foreign ministry announced Thursday, in a significant move at a time of diplomatic friction within the Gulf. A statement from the ministry said Qatar aimed to bolster relations between the two countries, which share the world’s largest natural gas field. “The State…

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Iran parliament increases missile funds in response to US sanctions

TEHRAN: Iran’s parliament voted Sunday to allocate $520 million to develop its missile programme to fight Washington’s “adventurism” and sanctions, and to boost the foreign operations of the country’s Revolutionary Guards. “The Americans should know that this was our first action,” said speaker Ali Larijani, after announcing an overwhelming majority vote for a package “to…

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Iran’s Rouhani names two female vice presidents

TEHRAN: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani appointed two female vice presidents on Wednesday, a day after coming under fire from reformists for nominating no women ministers. Massoumeh Ebtekar, known internationally for her role as spokesperson during the 1980 US embassy hostage crisis, was named as vice president in charge of women’s affairs, having previously run the…

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Iranian drone comes close to U.S. fighter jet: U.S. official

WASHINGTON: An unarmed Iranian drone came within 100 feet (31 meters) of a U.S. Navy warplane as it prepared to land on an aircraft carrier in the Gulf, a U.S. official said on Tuesday. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that despite repeated radio calls to stay clear of the U.S. plane, the…

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Pakistan, Iran agree to boost cooperation

TEHRAN: Pakistan and Iran have agreed to further strengthen parliamentary relations and raise bilateral trade volume to five billion dollars. Understanding to this effect was reached during a meeting between Chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbani and Speaker Iranian Parliament Ali Larijani in Tehran. Both sides also discussed bilateral and regional issues. Mian Raza Rabbani and…

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Iran’s Rouhani starts new term facing reform criticism

TEHRAN: Moderate cleric Hassan Rouhani was to be inaugurated for a second term as Iranian president in front of foreign guests on Saturday. Among the guests were EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, who has vowed to continue building ties with Iran despite mounting pressure from the United States to keep the Islamic republic isolated….

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Iran hits back at missile test criticism

Iran criticised the position adopted by European governments against its missile tests, during a visit by EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on Saturday.Ā  Mogherini met with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif ahead of an inauguration ceremony for President Hassan Rouhani in Tehran. Iran’s missile tests and a satellite launch on July 27 were…

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Trump signs Russia sanctions bill, but slams it as ‘flawed’

After signing a bill that Congress had approved overwhelmingly last week and which runs counter to his desire to improve relations with Moscow, the Republican president laid out a lengthy list of concerns. His criticism of the sanctions, which also affect Iran and North Korea, raised the question of how much Trump is prepared to…

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