Archive for January, 2018

Iran, Armenia call for boosting Parliamentary ties

Thursday, January 18, 2018 Comments Off

Iran’s envoy to Armenia and a senior Armenian lawmaker urged the need to boost the parliamentary ties between the two countries. Kazem Sajjadi in a meeting with head of Iran-Armenia friendship group in Armenia’s parliament Vahram Baghdasarian discussed ways to boost parliamentary relations, including a visit by the Iranian parliament speaker to Armenia to lay […]

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US to keep military presence in Syria

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 Comments Off

In the most comprehensive outlining of US policy stance on Syria, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson vowed the US military will remain to counter threats posed by the so-called Islamic State, al-Qaeda and Iran. “The US will maintain a military presence in Syria focused on ensuring IS cannot reemerge. Our military presence will remain conditions […]

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US welcomes constructive talks between Baghdad, Erbil

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 Comments Off

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani that the US welcomes signs of development in talks between Erbil and Baghdad. He said that the US pays attention to its relations with the Kurdistan Region, according to Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) website. Tillerson expressed happiness over what he called constructive meetings […]

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Tunisia deploys army as violent unrest persists

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 Comments Off

Tunisian protesters burned down a regional national security headquarters near the Algerian border, prompting authorities to send in troops after police retreated, witnesses said, as unrest over prices and taxes raged on nationwide.

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UNSC meeting condemns Tripoli clashes

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 Comments Off

The United Nations Security Council held a meeting on Wednesday in which a briefing by the Head of the UNSMIL, Ghassan Salame, was heard on the Libyan issues, in addition to the statements of the countries’ representatives. Salame said the UNSMIL is doubling up its efforts to carry on with the action plan, condemning the […]

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Mali praises Algeria’s support for stability

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 Comments Off

Visiting Malian Prime Minister, Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga, on Saturday said Algeria has always played a major role in stabilizing Mali. “Algeria has always played a major role in Mali’s stability and has intervened at least twice to help establishing inter-Malian peace talks, in 1992 and 2015,” Maiga told reporters as he started a two day […]

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Egypt seeks to defuse tension with Sudan, Ethiopia

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 Comments Off

Egypt’s president has sought to defuse tensions with Ethiopia and Sudan, reassuring them that his country is not meddling in their internal affairs or planning to go to war against them. In televised comments on Monday, President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi said Egypt’s strategic choice is not to go to war. “I am saying this as a […]

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South Sudan’s cease-fire broken by both sides, say monitors

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 Comments Off

Sixteen people have been killed, including three children, since South Sudan’s cease-fire started less than a month ago, say monitors. Both government and opposition forces have committed multiple violations since the cease-fire began on December 24, according to four separate investigations released on Tuesday by the Cease-fire and Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring Mechanism, an independent […]

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Delegation of Committee of Intelligence and Security Services in Africa Arrives in Libya

Monday, January 15, 2018 Comments Off

A delegation representing the Committee of Intelligence and Security Services in Africa has arrived at Mi’tiga Inter. Airport on a visit to Libya. The delegation will hold a series of meetings with officials concerned with illegal migration, and is expected to call at detentions centres to get a firsthand account of the resources available to […]

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Iran won’t accept restrictions on uranium enrichment permanent: Nephew

Monday, January 15, 2018 Comments Off

TEHRAN – Richard Nephew, who served as the lead sanctions expert for the U.S. team negotiating with Iran, is of the opinion that I do not believe the EU will accept to make restrictions on Iran’s uranium enrichment permanent. He adds that “I certainly do not think that Iran will accept it, as presented.”

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Rouhani: Nuclear deal will never vanish

Monday, January 15, 2018 Comments Off

”By reaching the JCPOA, we told the world that regional and even complicated international problems can be resolved at the negotiating table and this will go down in history,” he said during his speech at the closing ceremony of the 9th Farabi International Award. “We proved that an international tight knot can be undone at […]

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Moniz: Iran nuclear deal have no expiration date

Monday, January 15, 2018 Comments Off

The Former US Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz said that despite the claims made by some US politicians, the commitments made by Iran in the nuclear deal are permanent and have no expiration date.Moniz made remarks in his Twitter account, defending Iran’s nuclear deal.

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Middle east events and news

Monday, January 15, 2018 Comments Off

Official ISIS Sources: We Are Temporarily Changing Tactics, Opting For Guerilla Warfare Such As Raids And Targeted Assassinations In light of the defeats suffered by the Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria and Iraq over the past year, there has been a change in its military doctrine on the battlefield. In recent weeks, the organization has […]

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EU condemns Baghdad terror attacks

Monday, January 15, 2018 Comments Off

The EU condemned on Monday the terror attacks in Baghdad earlier today in which a large number of innocent people were killed and injured. “Showing mutual solidarity and unity against violence is the best way to defeat terrorism fully and construct a brighter future for the country,” Catherine Ray, spokesperson for EU High

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Clashes in Libyan capital kill 9, close airport

Monday, January 15, 2018 Comments Off

Libyan officials say heavy clashes among rival militias in Tripoli left at least nine people dead and forced the capital’s only functioning airport to shut down. Health Ministry spokesperson Omar Matouq said the death toll from Monday’s fighting is expected to rise.

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Trump to extend Iran sanctions waivers: Officials

Friday, January 12, 2018 Comments Off

US President Donald Trump is expected to extend sanctions relief for Iran as part of a 2015 nuclear deal while his administration works out a “fix” to the multi-nation accord, American officials have revealed.

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US, Israel, Saudi triangle after creating crisis in region

Friday, January 12, 2018 Comments Off

Chairman of Iran’s Parliament National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi met with the head of Arab-African Relations of Hezbollah political Council Sheikh Hassan Ezzedin and his delegation where he condemned the recent bombardment of parts of Syria by the Zionist Regime and added “The US, Zionist Regime and the Saudi Arabia lost hope […]

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Treasury source: Italy, Iran to sign €5b investment agreement

Friday, January 12, 2018 Comments Off

Italy and Iran will on Thursday sign a framework credit agreement worth 5.0 billion euros ($6 billion)whereby Rome will help Italian companies invest in Iran, an Italian Treasury source said on Wednesday. The accord foresees the opening of lines of credit to two Iranian banks by Invitalia, an Italian state-owned holding, in order to finance […]

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European powers line up to support Iran deal as Donald Trump considers imposing new sanctions

Friday, January 12, 2018 Comments Off

European powers on Thursday insisted the 2015 deal to curb Iran’s nuclear ambitions was working, as US President Donald Trump mulls reimposing sanctions on Tehran, scmp.com reported. The European Union and the foreign ministers of Britain, Germany and France put on a united front to defend the accord after talks in Brussels with Iranian Foreign […]

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US to have leading role in Iraq reconstruction

Friday, January 12, 2018 Comments Off

The United States will play a leading role in the February 12 Iraqi reconstruction conference hosted by Kuwait, US Ambassador to Iraq Douglas Silliman revealed on Wednesday. In a press statement, the ambassador said that his country is currently planning to carry out some key investment projects in Iraq that include the rehabilitation of the […]

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US Urges Kurdish Political Parties on Remaining United

Friday, January 12, 2018 Comments Off

The United States has expressed concern over the relations between various Kurdish political parties, urging the sides to maintain unity and help find a solution to the political deadlock between Erbil and Baghdad. Speaking to reporters in the embassy on Wednesday, Ambassador to Iraq, Douglas Silliman, urged the Kurdish factions to stay unified at the […]

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Romania signs deal to buy 227 Piranha V vehicles

Friday, January 12, 2018 Comments Off

Romanian Minister of Defence Mihai Fifor signed a deal Friday for 227 Piranha V infantry fighting vehicles for the country’s armed forces. The eight-wheel drive vehicles will be purchased under a deal worth €895 million euros (U.S. $1 billion), excluding the value-added tax.

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Malian army plans anti-jihadist operation in restive centre

Friday, January 12, 2018 Comments Off

Mali’s army is to deploy patrols in an operation to fight jihadists in the country’s restive centre, according to documents and sources consulted by AFP, as the government expresses concern over extreme instability in the area. Newly-appointed Prime Minister Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga said last week “urgent measures” were required to address Al-Qaeda-linked groups who control […]

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UNHCR says Israel should halt policy of relocating African refugees

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 Comments Off

William Spindler, spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), said in a press briefing on Tuesday in the Swiss city of Geneva that the program was not “coherent” and “has been implemented not in a very transparent manner.” “We are again appealing to Israel to halt its policy of relocating Eritreans and Sudanese […]

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Zarif leaves Tehran for Moscow

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 Comments Off

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif, heading a delegation, left Tehran for Moscow on Wednesday, Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi said. “Iranian FM is also to have a trip to Brussels on Thursday to attend a meeting with the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, and the foreign […]

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AEOI: Iran can well speed up nuclear activities, including enrichment

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 Comments Off

An Iranian nuclear official said Iran is capable of multiplying the pace of its nuclear activities — especially uranium enrichment — compared to the time when an international deal on its nuclear program had not yet been concluded, implying that that will happen if the United States violates the deal.

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Middle East events and news

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 Comments Off

Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil: We Are Not Opposed To Israel’s Existence Or Right To Security Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil came under fire after a TV interview in which he said that normalization of relations with Israel was “not an ideological issue” and that “we are not opposed to the existence of Israel and […]

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EU to make strategy for supporting Iraq recovery

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 Comments Off

The High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and the European Commission adopted a Joint Communication proposing an EU strategy for Iraq in order to address the many challenges the country faces following the territorial defeat of the ISIS terrorist group. “Iraq is at a crossroads in its history following the […]

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US Vice President to visit Middle East

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 Comments Off

US Vice President Mike Pence will visit the Mideast from January 20 to 23, the White House said on Monday. The White House explained, in a statement, that Pence will visit Egypt, Jordan and Israel.

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Fighting parties in Libya agree on cease-fire

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 Comments Off

Forces of the Libyan UN-backed government and the Municipal Council of the western Libyan city of Zuwara on Saturday reached an agreement to stop all military operations carried out by the government’s Western Military Zone service in the area. “An agreement was reached to freeze military operations in the area from Abi Kamash to the […]

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Libya government forces conduct artillery attack near Tripoli

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 Comments Off

Artillery shelling attack rocked Garabulli district near Tripoli by Al-Kani Brigade of the Defense Ministry of the Government of National Accord Sunday afternoon in retaliation of the abduction of one of the brigade’s fighters on Saturday in the district.

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Algeria, Tunisia discuss counter-terrorism cooperation

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 Comments Off

Algeria and Tunisia on Sunday discussed ways and means to strengthen security cooperation, as part of the visit of Tunisian Interior Minister Lotfi Brahem to Algiers. “My visit is part of usual bilateral dialogue between Algiers and Tunis aiming at examining and building on previous experiences for the service of the security of both countries […]

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Egypt says its forces kill 8 suspected militants in Sinai

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 Comments Off

Egypt says security forces have killed eight suspected militants in a shootout in the northern Sinai Peninsula. The Interior Ministry said on Tuesday the firefight broke out when the forces raided a suspected hideout in el-Arish city. It said the militants were planning attacks targeting security forces,

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Regional force targets top Boko Haram jihadists in Nigeria

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 Comments Off

Troops from Nigeria and neighbouring countries have launched major offensives against the two Boko Haram factions and their leaders, the military said on Tuesday. Soldiers from Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria are targeting Abubakar Shekau in the Sambisa Forest, and Mamman Nur, on and around Lake Chad, both in Borno state, northeast Nigeria. According to […]

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New clashes outside South Sudan’s capital said to kill 4

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 Comments Off

South Sudan’s armed opposition says four government soldiers have been killed in new clashes just outside the capital, Juba. The opposition says soldiers in two vehicles attacked their position on Tuesday morning in Wunu’Lyet, less than 10km from Juba.

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