Answering a question about allegations that Iran has military bases in his country, the Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Mu'alem said: “Iran has come here at the invitation of the Syrian government and its presence is perfectly legal. What we hear about Iranian forces and bases in Syria are Israeli inventions and completely false. There are advisors from Iran in Syria and some have been martyred here. They are fighting along Syrian forces. We thank Iran’s leaders and its people who stood by Syria from the very beginning in its fight against terrorism.”
Anti War website reports that Russian Ambassador Vasily Nebenzya announced to journalists Friday that an agreement was reached that would involve removing all Iranian forces from the Syria-Israel border in the Golan Heights.
The Shah’s son-in-law, foreign minister, and last ambassador to Washington, and an opponent of the IR of Iran, writes in the New York Times that American Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo’s statement on Iran was both bewildering and saddening. As the head of foreign policy of a great power, and previously as the director of the CIA, he should be better informed about Iran, its people, and its history.
The Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation at the United Nations, who has the UN Security Council Presidency in June, said: “The UNSC will convene on 9 June to discuss the 2231 Resolution endorsing the JCPOA.”
The Iranian spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said: “In a detailed letter to his counterparts, the Iranian Foreign Minister has described the latest developments in the JCPOA following the US withdrawal from the deal.”
An expert on international relations in Tehran told Persia Digest: “For as long as the EU is unable to guarantee Iran’s interests under the JCPOA deal, Iran can continue its cooperation with the IAEA, but suspend its obligations under the deal.”
Elections by the Parliamentary Assembly of Iran took place Wednesday morning with 279 MPs. In the second round of voting, incumbent Ali Larijani was re-elected with 147 votes for the third year of the 10th Parliament for the 10th consecutive year.
TRT World wrote on 28 May 2018 that the European Union is seeking to shield the bloc's strategic and economic interests in Iran in the wake of the US withdrawal from the international nuclear deal, as the EU foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, insisted on Monday that the unity of the member states was unquestioned.
The leader of the Sadrist movement has made new comments on the relations between Iraq, Iran and the US. Muqtada al-Sadr is the leader of the Sadrist Movement and the Saraya al-Salam. He managed to win 54 seats in the Iraqi parliamentary elections of 12 May 2018. He has talked about his stance on remarks by some sources that forming a government in Iraq is not possible without the consent of Iran and the US, saying: “America is an occupying force and we will not allow it to interfere in our internal affairs.”
The Iranian Foreign Minister has announced joint commissions with India for banking, oil, and trade, saying: “This was a very fruitful trip. Our agreements show that the international community wants to keep the JCPOA in full force.”
In an interview with Persia Digest, former US Ambassador to Saudi Arabia said about the new US strategy on Iran: “Secretary Pompeo's "strategy" for dealing with Iran amounted to a call for regime change. It was welcomed by Israel and a few Gulf Arab states but spurned by the world's great powers, none of which is prepared to join the United States in military confrontation with Iran.”
The young 10-year old Iranian boy, Hossein Atayi Sangrudi from Karaj has already 16 inventions in his portfolio. Six of these are in the process of being registered. His inventions include the VTOL three-modality drones, gunboats, office furniture, miniature sprayer, multipurpose control for smart TVs, and so on.
In an interview with Persia Digest, Adib-Moghaddam said: It is imperative that Iran gets even closer to the EU, not least to keep the communication with Washington going, and to minimize misperceptions.
The German Schiller Group Concert is taking place in Tehran for the first time.
Christopher von Deylen, will be traveling to Tehran with his Group for the first time in mid-December to stage a concert at the Hall of the Ministry of the Interior over two nights on 11-12 December, at 21h30.
Iranian Prime Minister, Javad Zarif, has posted a tweet addressed to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI): “There are at least 80 nuclear warheads stationed in the Middle East. None are in Iran; rather, they're at the fingertips of a warmonger who howls incessantly about fabricated Iranian “ambitions”. Time for an overdue debate on the real threat to the region & beyond.”
In a telephone conversation with the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani on Monday, President Hassan Rouhani expressed hope that Tehran and Doha can make the best of the many capacities they have to promote trade between the two countries.
Some time ago, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu sent a video message about the water crisis in Iran, saying: “Israel has the knowledge to stop an environmental crisis in Iran and I want to share this with the people of Iran.” He pointed to the launch of a website and a telegram channel in Persian to fight the water crisis in Iran, and stated: “Israel is with the Iranian people and I want to save the lives of many of them.”
Bloomberg reports that Iran says Venezuela and Iraq will join it in blocking a proposal to increase oil production that’s backed by Saudi Arabia and Russia when OPEC and its allies meet in Vienna this week.