Hezbollah wins Lebanon elections
Although the Lebanese parliamentary election results have not been finalized, but it seems none of the parties have an absolute majority in parliament and must form a coalition with other factions in order to decide the election of the parliament speaker and prime minister, give the new cabinet the vote of confidence, and other issues requiring a two-thirds majority vote.
Macron tells Saudis France free to trade with Iran
In its April 9, 2018 issue, The New Yorker writes that a few days after Donald Trump was inaugurated, Jared Kushner sat down to decide how to reshape the Middle East. During the campaign, Trump had promised a sweeping transformation of the region. Steve Bannon, Trump’s senior aide and ideologist at the time, told me recently, “Our plan was to annihilate the physical caliphate of isis in Iraq and Syria—not attrition, annihilation— to roll back the Persians, and force the Gulf states to stop funding radical Islam.”
Iran and France presidents hold telephone conversation
The presidents of Iran and France have held a telephone conversation as the French Foreign Minister arrived in Tehran last night. Hassan Rouhani spoke with Emmanuel Macron on Sunday afternoon and said: “Iran is ready for long-term discussions and cooperation with France in the fields of economy, culture, and politics.”
Six strategic proposals to improve Iran-Saudi relations
Seyed Hossein Mousavian, former diplomat and deputy secretary of the Supreme National Security Council of Iran, wrote in the Cairo Review of Global Affairs: The conflict between Saudi Arabia and Iran marks a deepening division between regional powers and international hegemons in the Persian Gulf. The Saudis and Iranians have to learn to cooperate or risk further confrontation.
“Subdued” and “Starless Dreams”
The feature “Subdued”, directed by Hamid Nematollahi, has won the Best Picture award at the Jounieh International Film Festival in Lebanon. The documentary “Starless dreams” will be screened in the Competition category of the Budapest Film Festival.
Hariri: Seeking best ties with Iran
In an interview with Paris Match, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad El-Din Rafik Al-Hariri has said: “Lebanon is seeking to have the best ties with Iran, especially in the economic domain. But, this must be based on the mutual interests of both countries.”
Iranian President declares end to Daesh
The Iranian President, Hassan Rouhani, has announced the end of the Daesh in the region and said: “Uprooting the terrorist group has been a great achievement.”
He added: “The terrorist organization, backed and armed by certain great powers and reactionary states in the region, plundered and pillaged ancient sites and museums in Iraq and Syria and sold the artifacts on international markets with the help of the very same governments supporting them.
U.S. House passes sanctions on Iran-backed Hezbollah
On 26 October 2017 Reuters from Washington writes that the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday backed new sanctions on Lebanon’s Iran-backed Hezbollah militia, part of an effort to take a tough line against Tehran without immediately moving to undermine an international nuclear agreement.