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Khamenei calls for ‘communal unity’ in Afghanistan

THE LEVANT NEWS — Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says “communal unity” is the key to resolving problems in Afghanistan, adding the Americans continue to harm the country. The Leader hailed Afghan political groups for agreeing to a national unity government as he met Afghanistan’s Chief Executive …

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Tightened security measures in Bahrain concerning: Iran

THE LEVANT NEWS — Iran has expressed concern over tightened security measures in the face of the “legitimate civil demands” of the Bahraini people, saying the adoption of punitive action in the tiny Persian Gulf state is of no avail. “The Islamic Republic of Iran believes that methods used by …

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Let’s look for peace, not hostility in 2016: Rouhani

THE LEVANT NEWS — Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has extended his congratulations to people in the world on the occasion of the New Year of the Gregorian calendar, stressing the importance of promoting peace across the globe. “In 2016, let’s look for reasons to make peace – not excuses for …

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Iraqis will flush Takfiri terrorists out soon: Iran FM

THE LEVANT NEWS — Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has expressed confidence that the Iraqi army and volunteer fighters will recapture all areas in the country from Takfiri terrorists soon. In a message to Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari on Tuesday, Zarif congratulated the Iraqi government and nation on …

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Iran will keep backing Assad government

THE LEVANT NEWS — TEHRAN: Iran will maintain its backing for the Syrian government, a senior Iranian official said, after the U.N. Security Council unanimously endorsed a plan to end the war. “We will continue to give our support to Syria,” said Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian. Iran will …

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Rouhani: Jets are not toys to shoot down

THE LEVANT NEWS — Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani criticized Turkey for shooting down a Russian military aircraft Nov. 24 on the Syrian-Turkish border. While Rouhani was diplomatic in his criticism, conservative Iranian media lashed out against Turkey and its policies in Syria. Rouhani said on Nov. 25 that the Russian Su-24 was …

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Terrorist crimes have nothing to do with Islam: Khamenei

THE LEVANT NEWS– Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says the atrocities committed by Takfiri terrorists have nothing to do with Islam. The Leader made the remarks in a meeting with visiting Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow in the Iranian capital Tehran on Sunday. Ayatollah Khamenei said the terrorist groups’ savage crimes, …

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U.N. committee condemns Iranian intervention in Syria war

The Levant News– The U.N. General Assembly’s human rights committee on Thursday adopted a Saudi-drafted resolution condemning Iranian and Russian intervention in Syria, a decision that the Syrian and Iranian delegations rejected as unhelpful and unjustified. The non-binding resolution, authored by Saudi Arabia and co-sponsored by Qatar and other Arab …

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Iran starts dismantling nuclear equipment, U.N. report says.

The Levant News– Iran has disconnected almost a quarter of its uranium-enriching centrifuges in less than a month, the U.N. nuclear watchdog said on Wednesday, suggesting it is racing to implement an agreement restricting its nuclear activities. Under the July deal, sanctions against Iran will be lifted in exchange for …

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Iran Reaffirms a Role for Assad

THE LEVANT NEWS — An Iranian official said that President Bashar al-Assad of Syria should remain in power and be included in elections as part of any diplomatic negotiation aimed at ending the civil war. The statement, by Hossein Amir Abdollahian, a deputy foreign minister, was not a new position …

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Russia’s Putin to visit Iran in late November

The Levant News– Russian President Vladimir Putin plans to pay an official one-day visit to Iran later this month, the Kremlin says. President Putin will set off for Tehran on November 23 to attend a meeting of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF), the Kremlin’s top foreign policy aide Yury …

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As ties thaw, Rouhani in historic visit to Europe

The Levant News– Hassan Rouhani heads to Italy and France from Saturday for the first visit of an Iranian leader to Europe in a decade, as ties thaw after Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers. In Rome Saturday and Sunday, Rouhani will meet Italian officials and Pope Francis, while Monday …

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Iranian deputy foreign minister meets Nasrallah in Beirut

THE LEVANT NEWS — A senior Iranian diplomat has met with the head of Hezbollah Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah in Beirut. Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian called on Nasrallah to discuss the latest developments in the region. Amir-Abdollahian, who is on a regional tour, arrived …

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Iran renews push for Lebanon presidential election

THE LEVANT NEWS– Iran Wednesday reiterated its support for the election of a new president as hope faded for Lebanon after 18 months of a power vacuum. “We strongly support the continuation of the political process and the election of a president,” Iran’s deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian told …

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Is Saudi Arabia on a hazardous adventure?

The Levant News — by Ghassan Michel Rubeiz, Washington — At great risk, Saudi Arabia confronts Iran in rhetoric and on the battlefield in Syria and Yemen. The National Council on US-Arab Relations, NCUSAR, is an established Washington intercultural agency focused on Arab Gulf interests. This year’s Iran meeting (October 14-15) was the 24th …

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Iran Gives 72 Hours to Senior Bahraini Diplomat to Leave Tehran

The Levant News — The Iranian foreign ministry rejected Manama’s allegations against Tehran’s meddling in the country’s affairs as baseless, and ordered Bahrain’s second highest-ranking diplomat in Tehran to leave the country in 72 hours. In a retaliatory move against Manama officials’ decision that on Thursday ordered Iran’s charge d’affaires in …

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Iran troops to join Syria war, Russia bombs group

The Levant News — Hundreds of Iranian troops have arrived in Syria to join a major ground attack. Russian warplanes, in a second day of strikes, bombed a camp run by rebels trained by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, the group’s commander said, putting Moscow and Washington on opposing sides in …

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