A senior political analyst has highlighted Iran’s geopolitical significance for Qatar, saying Tehran is more useful to Doha than any other regional state.
The European Union’s foreign policy chief said the bloc has been holding talks with the US to remove the obstacles in the way of banks trying to get into Iran after the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), a lasting agreement on Tehran’s nuclear program. In an interview with Tasnim News Agency in Tehran, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini said efforts are underway to encourage European banks to cooperate with Iran following the coming into force of the JCPOA, the nuclear deal between Iran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany) that terminated nuclear-related sanctions against Tehran. She also noted that the EU is in contact with US officials to help settle the banking problems facing Iran that are believed to be caused by Washington’s obstructive approaches.
Chief of Staff of Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri in separate messages congratulated his Christian counterparts on the birthday anniversary of Jesus Christ and the beginning of the new Christian year.
Secretary of Iran’s Human Rights Council Mohammad Javad Larijani lashed out at the European countries for their double-standard policies in campaign against drugs and terrorism, and called for their seriousness in fighting the two ominous phenomena.
A senior official with the Lebanese Resistance Group Hezbollah hailed Iran’s support for Beirut in its fight against the ISIS terrorist group, and vowed that Hezbollah will remain in the Islamic Republic’s side.
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs, Hossein Jaberi Ansari, has met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus.
The Iraqi Kurdistan region's prime minister has arrived in Tehran to warm up Erbil’s frosted ties with the Islamic Republic, according to what the Kurdish envoy says.
Secretary of Iran’s Expediency Council Mohsen Rezaei denounced recent comments by new US President Donald Trump about the Islamic Republic’s test-firing of a ballistic missile, saying those more powerful than Trump had warned Iran but failed “to do anything”.
Fabius’ visit to Iran is a first by a French foreign minister to the Islamic Republic in 12 years.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif referred to the Tuesday May 17 meeting of the International Syria Support Group (ISSG) in Vienna as an opportunity to emphasize the necessity for honouring the ceasefire in war-torn Syria.