Middle East developments in FIFF
The “Broken Olive Branches” section of the36th Fajr International Film Festival will be screening feature films and documentaries from Syria, Egypt, Iran, Lebanon, Palestine, Yemen, and Turkey. Most of these are based on regional developments, such as sectarianism, the Yemen war, and the Myanmar crisis.
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.
Islamic countries suspend ties with Zionists
The 13th Organization of Islamic Cooperation Conference has issued a statement to wrap up its work. The statement declares that, while the US insists on its wrongful decision to transfer its embassy to Quds, members of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation who have political and economic ties with the Zionist regime will suspend these.
Organization of Islamic Cooperation Conference
The 13th Organization of Islamic Cooperation Conference took place in Tehran with the presence of President Rouhani, Parliament Speaker, and the parliamentary delegations of Islamic countries. Over the course of the Conference, the Chair of the Conference was transferred from Mali to Iran and its Parliament Speaker, Ali Larijani.
Al-Quds claimed by Trump
The Trump-Netanyahu coalition claims Quds (Jerusalem) as Israel’s capital despite world opposition. The website english.khamenei.ir writes: Their [the enemy's] announcement of Quds (Jerusalem) as the capital city of [Zionists] occupied Palestine proves their weakness and inability. In regards to Palestine, they are helpless and unable to achieve their goals. Victory is for the Islamic Ummah; Palestine will be free; and the Palestinian people will be victorious.
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.