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Iran invites Pakistan to participate in Chahbahar project

Baqir Sajjad Syed Iranian Foreign Minister Dr Javad Zarif on Monday invited Pakistan to participate in Chahbahar seaport project and development of its link with Gwadar Port as he sought to allay concerns here over Indian involvement in the Iranian port. “We offered to participate …

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PM Abbasi, Iran’s FM agree on increasing bilateral trade to $5 billion

ISLAMABAD -UNS : Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif Monday called on Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi at Prime Minister Office. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi emphasised the need for Pakistan and Iran to work together ‘in all earnest’ to reach the $5 billion trade target …

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66 killed in Irani Plane crash

TEHRAN -UNS-AFP – An Iranian passenger plane on a domestic flight crashed into the country s Zagros mountains on Sunday killing all 66 people on board, officials said. The Aseman Airlines flight left Tehran s Mehrabad airport around 0800 (0430 GMT) for the city of …

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Iran could be winner, US a loser from UAE-Qatar tensions

DUBAI: A rise in tension between Qatar and the United Arab Emirates in a row over military flights threatens U.S. strategic interests in the Gulf and could benefit regional rival Iran. Abu Dhabi says Qatari air force jets intercepted two UAE civilian aircraft on commercial …

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Double-edged sword: Opinion poll shows Trump’s Iran policy risks

By James M. Dorsey US President Donald J. Trump’s inclination to withdraw from a three-year old international agreement that curbs Iran’s nuclear program is likely to strengthen the country’s hardliners even if the withdrawal would put responsibility for mounting economic and social discontent squarely on …

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Iran: Protests,threat of renewed sanctions focus economic thinking

By James M. Dorsey Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei appears in the wake of recent anti-government protests to have put his weight behind President Hasan Rouhani’s repeated calls for reduced military and Revolutionary Guards involvement in the economy. Mr. Khamenei signalled his support by …

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Iranian protests expose contours of leadership in Muslim world

By James M. Dorsey If week-long anti-government protests in Iran exposed the Islamic republic’s deep-seated economic and political problems, they also laid bare Saudi Arabia’s structural inability to establish itself as the leader of the Sunni Muslim world. The responses to the protests of major …

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Iran ex-President Ahmadinejad arrested: Report

TEHRAN -UNS: The Iranian government has reportedly arrested former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for inciting unrest and demonstrations through his statements. Authorities are now seeking to place Ahmadinejad under house arrest with Khamenei’s approval, the Al-Quds Al-Arabi newspaper added, citing “reliable sources in Tehran”. UK-based newspaper …

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Covert wars: Iran and Saudi Arabia revisit their strategies

By James M. Dorsey Expressions of support by US President Donald J. Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu have provided the grist for Iranian claims that anti-government protests were instigated by foreign powers. The largely baseless assertions offer nonetheless insight into the very different …

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Iranian protests raise tricky questions for US and Saudi policymakers

By James M. Dorsey If Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s chequered foreign policy track record is anything to go by, Iran could tempt him to embark on yet another risky adventure inspired by widespread anti-government protests in Iran, the real focus of his multiple …

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