G7 ends talks with criticism of China and Russia | China News

The Group of Seven has scolded China and Russia, casting the Kremlin as malicious and Beijing as a bully, but beyond words, there were few concrete steps aside from expressing support for Taiwan and Ukraine. Founded in 1975 as a forum for the West’s richest nations to discuss crises such as the OPEC oil embargo, … Read more

Saudi Arabia and Iran held talks ‘more than once’: Iraq president | Iraq News

President Barham Salih confirms Iraq hosted more than one round of talks between Iran and Saudi Arabia, and that talks were still ‘ongoing’. Iraq has hosted more than one round of talks between regional foes Iran and Saudi Arabia, Iraqi President Barham Salih said. Salih made his remarks during an interview on Wednesday broadcast live … Read more

Vienna arena for U.S. to change behavior, says Iranian diplomat

TEHRAN— The Former Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman and a presidential candidate, Ramin Mehmanparast, spoke with the Lebanese Al Mayadeen News Network on Tuesday stating that the United States administration must change its behavior if they want to reduce animosity with Iran. Mehmanparast said that the U.S. policies are aimed at putting pressure on Iran, and … Read more

Tehran strongly protests Belgian court verdict against Iranian diplomat

TEHRAN— After the Belgian Court of Antwerp sentenced Asadollah Asadi, an Iranian diplomat to 20 years of jail, the Iranian Embassy in Belgium released a statement condemning the sentence and questioned the authority of the Belgian court. The statement released by the Iranian Embassy reads as follows: “In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the … Read more

Iranian, Syrian FMs discuss presidential election in Syria

TEHRAN— In a telephone conversation on Wednesday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his Syrian counterpart Faisal Miqdad discussed issues of mutual interest as well as regional and international issues. In the telephone conversation, Zarif, while announcing Iran’s support for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the Syrian government, stressed the need to respect … Read more

Guardian Council mulling new criteria for presidential candidates

TEHRAN— In an attempt to separate out large numbers of people who nominate with very basic or no credentials, Iran’s Guardian Council has revised the criteria for individuals intending to run as presidential candidates. Hadi Tahan Nazif, a legal jurist on the Guardian Council, said that during a Wednesday meeting, all members of the vetting … Read more

Saudi Arabia sets the stage for tactical outreach to Iran

TEHRAN – In a dramatic turnabout, Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler has called for better ties with Iran but is this renewed interest in mending ties between Tehran and Riyadh genuine or a tactical shift necessitated by developments in the international arena? Iranian analysts and news media outlets have attempted to provide answers to this … Read more