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Iran invited to Syria talks

Washington has said that an invitation will be sent to Tehran for upcoming talks on political transition in Syria. Defense Secretary Carter also spoke of US plans to ramp-up its military campaign in Syria

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Steinmeier’s futile diplomacy in Saudi Arabia and Iran

The problem of Syria’s civil war came up frequently on German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier’s recent trip to Saudi Arabia and Iran. Solutions to it did not. DW’s Dagmar Engel traveled with the minister. “We are not here as mediators.” During his trip to the Middle East, the German foreign minister would use variations of …

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German Foreign Minister Steinmeier urges Iran to work towards peace in Syria

Iran should use its influence to get the Syrian regime to discuss political transition, Berlin’s top diplomat Frank-Walter Steinmeier told an Iranian newspaper. He gave the interview ahead of an official visit to Tehran. Germany and Iran must have a joint interest to “stop the bloodshed,” in Syria, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier told “Iran,” …

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Iran, Saudi Arabia and the new Middle East

German Foreign Minister Steinmeier is set to visit the Middle East to speak with Iran and Saudi Arabia. Both regional powers are adversaries on several issues. It’ll be a difficult trip. It’s clear where Germany’s foreign minister is going – at least geographically. First up is Tehran, then Riyadh. Far less clear is where the …

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UN nuclear chief heads to Iran for talks

The head of the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency is flying to Tehran for meetings following the landmark nuclear deal in July. Officials want to remove “ambiguities” over Iran’s past nuclear activities. The trip is part of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) planned investigation about a “possible military dimension” to Iran’s nuclear program. The …

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‘The nuclear deal will also benefit Jews in Iran’

US congressional opponents of the Iran nuclear deal have been unable to stop it from moving forward. What’s happening in Iran? DW spoke with Iranian parliamentarian Siamak Morsadegh. DW: Iran has not yet ratified the nuclear agreement negotiated with the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany (P5+1). Only a few Iranian …

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Saudi King in Washington amid concerns over Iran

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman is making his first visit to the White House since ascending the throne. He has said that his country is willing to cooperate with the US to achieve stability in the Middle East. The Obama administration greeted King Salman of Saudi Arabia on Friday with assurances that the Iran nuclear deal …

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Iran showdown in Congress damages US credibility

The White House has secured enough support in the Senate to successfully veto a resolution that would “disapprove” of the Iran nuclear deal. But it is a hollow victory, as a presidential veto could damage US credibility. The votes have been tallied. At least 34 US Senators will support the Iran nuclear deal, and back …

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The industrialisation of reconciliation: Iran, Saudi Arabia and IS

I came across a curious news item the other day on Reuters about an industrial development project in Saudi Arabia, and it rang a few bells. The plan is to build a “new industrial city in the south of the al-Ahsa district in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province”, a project helmed by the state-owned oil company …

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Israel’s former defence minister says army blocked 3 planned attacks on Iran

Israel’s former defence minister Ehud Barak has said that three separate planned attacks on Iranian nuclear facilities were blocked in recent years. The attacks were allegedly blocked by senior ministers. In an interview broadcast on the privately run Channel 2 television station, Barak said that plans drawn up between 2009 and 2010 which had been …

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Saudi Arabia and Iran: Volatile political geography of oil and minorities

The fact that dissatisfied minorities populate the oil-rich regions of Iran and Saudi Arabia creates an ironic parallel, in which in the rivalry between two of the Middle East’s larger powers often amounts to the pot calling the kettle black. Rather than recognising that protests and mounting incidents of violence are the result of government failure to address legitimate grievances, both Iran and Saudi Arabia have blamed each other for the unrest in their strategic backyards

James Dorsey

Egyptian opportunism, Iranian gains

Few will disagree with my opinion on the improved performance of Egyptian foreign policy over the past two years. I do not think that the positive development in Egyptian foreign relations is a coincidence, but rather the result of accumulated relations between representatives of the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and representatives of states concerned about …

Emad El-Sayed

‘People will not accept crappy terms’ for Iranian oil

Amid sliding oil prices, OPEC’s secretary-general is in Moscow to discuss the Iran nuclear deal. DW talked to US energy expert Richard Nephew about Iran’s chances of finding success on the international oil market. DW: What are Iran’s short-to-medium oil export prospects? Richard Nephew: We have to make the clear statement that the sanctions are …

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Ebadi: Now is the time for a ‘human rights deal’ in Iran

Following the nuclear agreement, Iranians are hoping for an improvement not only of their finances but also of the rights situation in the country. In a DW interview, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi tells why. DW: Opinions differ as to how the recent nuclear deal will impact the human rights situation in the county. …

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Explosion shuts down Turkey-Iran natural gas pipeline amid increasing violence

The gas flow between Iran and Turkey has been shut down after an explosion on a natural gas pipeline in the Turkish province of Agri. The country's energy minister has suggested that Kurdish rebels were to blame. The fire, which began Monday in Turkey's eastern Agri province was quickly brought under control, Turkey's energy minister Taner Yildiz said on Tuesday….

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Saudi FM lashes out at Iran amid rising tensions after nuclear deal

Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir has criticized Iran for making "aggressive statements." The foreign minister's statement comes amid growing tension between both regional powers following a nuclear deal. Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir on Monday denounced "aggressive statements" by Iran on Monday following talks with EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini. "This does not represent the intentions of…

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Nuclear deal will not stop Iranian support for Hezbollah, says Nasrallah

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah has said that the nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1 will not deter Iranian support for the Shiite group. Nasrallah said the group will continue to view the US as the "Great Satan." Iran will continue to support the Shiite militant group Hezbollah even in the wake of a nuclear deal between the Islamic republic…

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European countries urged to continue supporting Egypt against terrorism

Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry urged his British, French and German counterparts to assure their respective countries’ continuous  support of Egypt against terrorism. Shoukry discussed Saturday, via phone, the bilateral relations between Egypt and each country with his counterparts, in addition to an array of topics, most importantly terrorism and the nuclear deal between Iran and the 5+1 group, according to a statement from …

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Druze mount next flashpoint in Syrian conflict: Implications for Israel

By James M. Dorsey Syrian Druze have become the next potential flashpoint in a proxy war between Saudi Arabia, Iran and Israel that is exacerbating the Middle East’s multiple conflicts. With rebel forces advancing towards the mountainous Druze stronghold in north-western Syria, this month’s killing by Jabhat Al-Nusra jihadists of 23 members of a Druze …

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