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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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Rouhani: Iran Expects IAEA Monitoring JCPOA Implementation Fairly

The Levant – -Tehran expects the UN nuclear monitoring agency to be “fair” in overseeing the implementation of the Islamic Republic’s nuclear agreement with the P5+1 group of world countries, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani says. “In implementing the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, we will voluntarily execute the Additional Protocol and …

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Israel: The Case Against Attacking Iran

The Levant News — By George Friedman On Aug. 21, Israeli Channel 2 Television aired a recording of Ehud Barak, Israel’s former defense minister and former prime minister, saying that on three separate occasions, Israel had planned to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities but canceled the attacks. According to Barak, in …

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Hamas caught between Tehran and Riyadh

by Ali Hashem  – THE LEVANT NEWS — Who wants to be in Hamas’ shoes? Probably no one in the greater Middle East, where the Palestinian group is trapped between two major blocs who used to have much in common prior to the Arab Spring.  On one side there’s the ideological …

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How Iran should approach the GCC

By Saeid Jafari for Al-Monitor — Two years ago, Hassan Rouhani was elected president on his promise of constructive engagement with the world, including Iran’s Arab neighbors. After winning the vote, Rouhani told an Al Jazeera reporter, “Our priority is improving our relationship with our neighbors. The states of the Persian Gulf are not …

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Regional Peace After the Iran Deal

BY Frederic Wehrey, Richard Sokolsky FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS — THE LEVANT NEWS — SUMMARY Now that a nuclear deal has been reached, the United States and its GCC allies need to focus on constructive engagement with Iran and a new and more inclusive Gulf security architecture. Well before the ink …

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Zarif after deal: ‘The world has changed’

by Ali Hashem for Al-Monitor — THE LEVANT NEWS — VIENNA: On the famous balcony in Palais Coburg, Al-Monitor spoke with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif a few hours after he, along with EU special representative Federica Mogherini, had announced the historic deal concluding a 13-year standoff over Iran’s …

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Obama’s official announcement re Iran’s deal

THE LEVANT NEWS — Here is the full text of President Barak Obama speech regarding Iran’s deal: “Today, after two years of negotiations, the United States — together with our international partners — has achieved what decades of animosity has not: A comprehensive, long-term deal that will verifiably prevent Iran …

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U.S. and Iran Reach Historic Nuclear Deal

The agreement, swapping sanctions relief for new limits on Tehran’s nuclear program, came after Washington bowed to Iranian demands to lift a U.N. arms embargo. BY DAN DE LUCE, COLUM LYNCH FOR FOREIGN POLICY — Iran and six world powers agreed to a historic deal Tuesday that will impose limits …

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