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Daily Archives: October 23, 2017

Senior Iran official welcomes Saudi-Iraq normalization

A senior Iranian official has voiced support for normalization of ties between Iraq and Saudi Arabia, but also called on Riyadh to stop its “destructive and unconstructive behavior” in the region. The comments by Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, an adviser to Iran’s Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani, came amid wild speculations about the impact of Iraqi Prime ...

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In Qatar, Tillerson says Saudi Arabia not ready to talk

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says he has embarked on a diplomatic shuttle to help mend fences between neighboring Persian Gulf states Saudi Arabia and Qatar, but that Riyadh has been unresponsive to his mediation bid.   Tillerson has traveled to Qatar following a visit to Saudi Arabia, telling ...

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Iraqi PM slams Tillerson’s remarks on Hashd al-Sha’abi

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s media office has criticized meddlesome comments made by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson regarding the country’s Popular Mobilization Units or Hashd al-Sha’abi. “No party has the right to interfere in Iraqi matters,” Abadi’s media office said in a statement on Monday, citing a source close ...

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Russia ‘committed’ to Iraq despite Kurdish oil ties: Lavrov

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says Moscow is committed to Iraq’s territorial integrity after the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) held a controversial plebiscite on secession. “I would like to confirm once again our commitment and respect to Iraq’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Lavrov said at a meeting with Iraqi Foreign ...

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Nawaz Sharif reaches Jeddah for ‘important’ meetings

JEDDAH– After a sudden change in the schedule, former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has reached Saudi Arabia instead of Lahore today (Monday). Sources have claimed that Nawaz Sharif will hold important meetings with his Saudi friends in Jeddah to gain some political support. Nawaz Sharif is expected to return to ...

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Niger is Donald Trump’s Benghazi: Congresswoman Wilson

US President Donald Trump is responsible for the recent US military casualties in the African country of Niger, says Representative Frederica Wilson, calling it the commander-in-chief’s “Benghazi.” The Democratic congresswoman likened the death of four US troops in an ambush in Niger earlier this month to the deadly 2012 attack on the ...

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