Iranian President Rouhani’s Pakistan visit comes at a delicate time for both Tehran and Islamabad. The neighboring countries want to improve economic ties, but the Saudi-Iranian rivalry continues to be a big impediment.
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The crisis threatens to carve up the country while the assault on the Baiji oil refinery early Wednesday will likely further spook international oil markets.
Washington spent billions of dollars training and equipping Iraqi security forces before withdrawing its troops in 2011.
Rouhani will meet his Turkish counterpart Abdullah Gul and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara, where the powerful neighbours are expected to discuss security concerns as well as trade opportunities.
Internet use is high in Iran, partly because many young Iranians turn to it to bypass an official ban on Western cultural products, and Tehran occasionally filters popular websites such as Twitter and Facebook.
Relations between the neighbours hit a low following the kidnapping by Pakistani Sunni extremists of five Iranian border guards from Iran’s Sistan-Baluchestan province in February.
He was referring to Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, reformists held incommunicado since February 2011
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AFP – Armed forces chief of staff General Hassan Firouzabadi has warned the Islamic republic’s arch-foes that Iran is prepared for a “decisive battle” if attacked, Fars news agency reported on Wednesday. “We are ready for the decisive battle with America and the Zionist regime [Israel],” Fars quoted Firouzabadi as saying. He also warned neighbouring …
The most eagerly awaited guest at Davos this year is Rouhani, there to drum up international investment for his sanction-hit economy on the back of a diplomatic entente with the West.
Government officials say the nuclear dossier will remain under direct control of the Supreme National Security Council and that final decisions still rest with Iran’s ultimate authority, supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
By Dr. Cesar Chelala The election of Hassan Rouhani’s as Iran’s President seemed to signal a dramatic change in policies regarding the previous government of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. However, while portraying an image of moderation overseas, serious human rights abuses continue in Iran, despite protests from human rights groups inside and outside the country. Rouhani’s government had achieved …
We support the diplomatic initiative of the government and attach importance to its activities in this trip, Khamenei told military commanders and graduating cadets in remarks reported by his website, Khamenei.ir.
Benjamin Netanyahu told a UN summit Tuesday that the Jewish state was ready to act alone to halt Iranian efforts to build a nuclear bomb, a charge Tehran vehemently denies.
Rouhani seeks closer ties with neighbouring states