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Israeli minister interviewed for Saudi website

THE LEVANT NEWS — Israeli Minister Ze’ev Elkin talks with Saudi Arabian news website “Elaph” about the shared threat from Iran. When asked whether there would be negotiations between Israel and Arab countries, he replied: ‘Those countries will decide if they want relations.’ An Israeli minister gave a rare interview …

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Sanctions imposed over Iran’s nuclear program lifted

THE LEVANT NEWS — Sanctions imposed on Iran over its nuclear program are lifted following confirmation of Tehran’s commitment to​ the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action by the International Atomic Energy Agency. European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif made the announcement during a joint press …

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Iran unveils second underground site, storing Emad missile

THE LEVANT NEWS — Iran unveiled a new underground missile depot on Tuesday inaugurated by the speaker of parliament, Ali Larijani, Tasnim news agency, which is close to the Revolutionary Guards, reported. A one-minute video of the facility broadcast on state television showed Iran’s Emad precision-guided ballistic missile which was …

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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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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 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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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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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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