Iran welcomed on Friday initial agreements reached at talks in Sweden by the opposing sides in Yemen's war, which include the Iran-aligned Houthi group, were a step toward a final peace accord, Iranian state TV reported on Friday. The war in Yemen is seen as a proxy war between Iran and its key regional rival Saudi Arabia. U.N.-backed talks in Sweden ended on Thursday with an agreement between the Houthis and the Saudi-backed government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi to cease fighting for the Houthi-held port city of Hodeidah and withdraw their troops.
Russia's top diplomat says the make-up of a committee meant to draft a new constitution for Syria is nearly complete, with almost all members agreed on. The announcement comes after Syria's warring sides and mediators last month failed to agree on the formation of the committee, which is seen as key to ending Syria's seven-year civil war. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told Russian news agencies on Friday the list of the committee members "is almost ready" and that he expects the committee to convene early next year. Agreement has already been reached on a 50-member government delegation and a delegation equal in size from the opposition that would be part of the committee. At issue is
He made the remarks in a meeting with Turkey's Finance and Treasury Minister Berat Albayrak on Friday in Ankara, IRNA reported. The two sides expressed interest in bolstering bilateral economic relations. Vaezi called for joint efforts to remove hurdles in the way of mutual cooperation between the two countries' private sectors and businesses. The Turkish minister described the upcoming high-level meeting of Tehran-Ankara's strategic partnership as a golden opportunity to reach the $30 billion trade target. Iran and Turkey have ramped up efforts in recent years to boost bilateral trade, setting a $30-billion annual trade target and signing several agreements to enhance cooperation in various
“The European officials in charge of the SPV are working on it twenty-four seven, trying to bring it into operation as soon as possible,” Tarja Cronberg said during a visit to Tehran, noting that the details of the process are confidential. The mechanism is a totally new experience both for Iran and the European Union, and this has resulted in some delay in the process, she said, Press TV reported. “A lot of education will be needed for the companies on our side and on Iran's side, so that we know how to use and take best advantage of it.” Cronberg said the finance ministers of France, Germany, and the United Kingdom are working on the mechanism, but the details are secret. A former Finnish minister
Iran on Thursday urged the United States and its allies to stop their "absurd" accusations about Iranian missile tests, a day after Washington urged the UN to adopt punitive measures against Tehran. "US & allies should cease their hypocritical absurdities abt Iran's missiles," Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif wrote on Twitter. "Facts speak for themselves. It's they who sell $100s of billions in arms to butcher Yemenis," he added, referring to the devastating Saudi-led war backed by the West against Yemen rebels. Beneath the text, Zarif published a graphic detailing arms exports to Saudi Arabia from 2013 to 2017 using figures from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).
The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and its Russia-led allies agreed on Friday in Vienna to slash oil production by more than the market expected in a bid to shore up prices despite pressure from US President Donald Trump to reduce the price of crude, Reuters reported. “Iran wants to stay in OPEC and coexist with its (oil producing) neighbors in the region,” Zanganeh told national TV, adding that two neighbors in the south pressured Iran into reducing its output during the latest OPEC meeting, but they finally “agreed to Iran being exempted from production cut.” He said that according to the deal agreed to by OPEC members and the Russian-led bloc, Iran is fully exempted from
Alex Helmi walked through the stacks of Persian rugs in his gallery and admired each bundle piled waist-high on the showroom floor. A sign hanging from the ceiling pained him. “Historic closing sale,” the white letters read. For 30 years, Helmi has filled his Westwood shop with pieces of art that link Southern California to the Iranian villagers who weave them thousands of miles away. The 62-year-old doesn't want to close Damoka. But after President Trump reimposed an aggressive array of sanctions on Iran in November, Helmi decided he was tired of his business being caught in the middle of a geopolitical battle. “I'm heartbroken,” Helmi said. “I don't do this for the money. I do it for the history.
Human Rights Day, marked on December 10, was a wake-up call for the world as human rights violations are the order of the day for suppressive regimes around the globe. The Iranian regime has by far exceeded others in abusing its own citizens. Although the international committee has been vigilant in other areas concerning Iranian regime's behavior it has paid less attention to human rights violations in Iran. The Iranian regime was condemned for the 65th time in UN's Third Committee for violation of human rights on November 15. As a protocol, after the resolution passed by the committee members then is voted on the UN General Assembly's floor in early December. The results remain the same or
The two events alone have undone years of diplomacy in the Middle East, testing old alliances and shaking up the regional balance of power, analysts say. In another turbulent year for the tinderbox region, Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad appeared ever more powerful and Washington's promised Israeli-Palestinian peace plan seemed ever more elusive. Meanwhile, Russia -- buoyed by its 2015 intervention in Syria to prop up Assad -- has steadily asserted itself as a key powerbroker in the Middle East, stepping into a diplomatic void left by what observers see as a partial US retreat. US President Donald Trump, however, has staunchly backed Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, a key regional ally who has faced intense global criticism over journalist Jamal Khashoggi's murder in Istanbul's Saudi consulate in October.
The head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran said the country's readiness to restart the process of enriching uranium to a purity level of 20 percent at the Fordow nuclear site in case efforts to save the Iran nuclear deal fail is not a bluff at all. In an interview with state TV on the sidelines of a visit to the Fordow nuclear facility, Ali Akbar Salehi said while Iran has accepted to put confidence-building curbs on its nuclear program under the 2015 nuclear deal, such restrictions do not obstruct the “peaceful activities of Iran's nuclear industry.” “The enrichment is currently underway, but we would put aside the 300kg limit (set by the JCPOA) whenever we wish, and would do the enrichment
The two events alone have undone years of diplomacy in the Middle East, testing old alliances and shaking up the regional balance of power, analysts say. In another turbulent year for the tinderbox region, Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad appeared ever more powerful and Washington's promised Israeli-Palestinian peace plan seemed ever more elusive. Meanwhile, Russia -— buoyed by its 2015 intervention in Syria to prop up Assad —- has steadily asserted itself as a key powerbroker in the Middle East, stepping into a diplomatic void left by what observers see as a partial US retreat.
As U.S. President Donald Trump re-imposed harsh economic sanctions on Iran last month, hackers scrambled to break into personal emails of American officials tasked with enforcing them, The Associated Press has found — another sign of how deeply cyberespionage is embedded into the fabric of U.S.-Iranian relations. The AP drew on data gathered by the London-based cybersecurity group Certfa to track how a hacking group often nicknamed Charming Kitten spent the past month trying to break into the private emails of more than a dozen U.S. Treasury officials. Also on the hackers' hit list: high-profile defenders, detractors and enforcers of the nuclear deal struck between Washington and Tehran, as well as Arab atomic scientists, Iranian civil society figures and D.C. think tank employees.
More than 730,000 undocumented Afghan immigrants in Iran have returned to Afghanistan so far this year, according to the United Nations. Many of them are fleeing a lack of economic opportunity in Iran, due largely to the United States' decision to reimpose sanctions that were lifted as part of the 2015 nuclear deal. But according to Annalisa Perteghella, a research fellow at the Italian Institute for International Political Studies in Milan, they are unlikely to encounter better conditions in their native country, which faces a worsening security situation and a severe drought. In an email interview with WPR, Perteghella delves into the complicated history of Afghan migration to Iran and explains
WASHINGTON, Dec. 13, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- On December 12, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed Resolution 274, "Condemning the Government of Iran's state-sponsored persecution of its Baha'i minority and its continued violation of the International Covenants on Human Rights. ...
It’s almost impossible not to sympathize with Charles Shaffer, who as a 23-year-old soldier was horribly injured in Iraq by an improvised explosive device. But does Deutsche Bank bear any of the blame?