Iran said on Saturday that it plans to participate in the construction of an oil refinery in Spain in what appears to be a long-term strategy to guarantee its own sales to Madrid.
According to international law expert Mostafa Mir-Mohammadi, the UNSC statement was a unilateral move which requires contemplation.
Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi is to visit Iran and Saudi Arabia as his President’s especial envoy with a message of peace.
It’s no secret that Saudi Arabia is in deep social and political troubles, both internally and externally. For the past decades, the family has been leading an absolutely pre-medieval society to become a rich and glamorous petroleum-smelling society with sky-scrapers and fancy cars. Yet, the structure and norms of the society remain unchanged.
Saudi Arabia started 2016 shamefully by carrying out its largest mass execution since 1980, putting 47 men to death on Jan. 2. Among them were at least four prominent Shia activists, including a leader of the kingdom's Shia minority, Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr. The killings have spurred a new round of tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran, the two regional powers.
Iran’s First Deputy Foreign Minister Morteza Sarmadi described terrorism and extremism as the major issues facing the region.
A closer look at Iran's foreign policy over the past three decades shows one delicate point: adventurism has no place in Iran's foreign policy, reads an article on Asr-e Iran website.
Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi, a Shiite source of emulation, has rejected as inappropriate the storming of the Saudi diplomatic missions in Iran following the execution of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr.
Iran plays an effective role in international efforts to fight terrorism and its presence is a must, said Jean-Pierre Raffarin, a former French premier.
The spokesman of parliament's Judicial and Legal Affairs Committee has said Major Hajj has been cancelled due to the severance of ties between Iran and Saudi Arabia.