Netanyahu to meet Putin, says Iran seeks permanent foothold in Syria

by Jeffrey Heller Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he would meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Thursday to voice opposition to what the Israeli leader charged were Iran’s attempts to establish a permanent military foothold in war-torn Syria. “In the framework of a (future peace agreement) or without one, Iran is attempting to […]

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Egypt’s oil minister makes rare trip to Iran for oil talks after Saudi suspension

By Eric Knecht CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian Petroleum Minister Tarek El Molla was on his way to Iran on Sunday to try to strike new oil deals, sources close to his delegation said at Cairo airport, after Saudi Arabia suspended its oil agreement last month. After that suspension, Egypt voted in favour of a Russian-backed UN […]

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The Iran factor in CPEC

By Ayaz Ahmed After considering the long-term feasibility and effectiveness of  CPEC, Iran has displayed its inclination to join the grand economic corridor. If  CPEC is converted into the China-Pakistan-Iran Economic Corridor (CPIEC), it will make the corridor a greater and safer game-changer in terms of regional trade and connectivity. Both Pakistan and China should […]

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Tehran chides Afghanistan, Pakistan for border insecurity, drug smuggling

“Across eastern borders we are facing instabilities. Afghanistan and Pakistan have insecure borders although our forces have taken measures to soothe the concerns,” Iranian Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli said on a live TV program aired on Tuesday night.  Previously, Qassem Rezaei, the commander of Iran’s border police, had said drugs seizures had decreased along […]

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Modi vs Nawaz

Ayaz Ahmed Diplomacy is an adroit art employed to manage relations with other countries for the attainment of core national interests. In this dexterous art, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has nimbly played his diplomatic cards by clinching massive trade deals with the energy-rich Middle Eastern countries in recent months. On the other side, Prime […]

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Is Chabahar not a rival to Gwadar?

By Sidra Ahmed In an attempt of reconciliation, Mehdi Honerdoost, the Iranian ambassador to Pakistan, on Friday lucidly voiced Iranian vision of regional cooperation with reference to Chabahar port agreement between Iran, India and Afghanistan.  To him, the accord on Chabahar port is “not finished” and “not limited to these three countries”. Rather, it could […]

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