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EU’s Ashton offers to meet Iran on 5th

EU’s Ashton offers to meet Iran on 5th

BRUSSELS: European Union foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton has proposed to meet Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator early next month to discuss Tehran’s nuclear programme, an EU diplomat said on Friday.
Following consultations with the six world powers involved in negotiating with Iran — the United States, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany — the diplomat said Ashton would write to Iran’s chief negotiator, Saeed Jalili, proposing a meeting on December 5, probably in

Iran to cooperate with Nigeria on illegal arms probe

ABUJA: Iran has promised cooperation in a probe of an illegal arms shipment discovered in Lagos and sent from an Iran, Nigeria’s foreign minister said Friday after meeting his Iranian counterpart.
Iran’s cooperation will include granting Nigerian authorities access to an Iranian believed to have taken refuge in the Iranian embassy in Abuja, Foreign Minister Odein Ajumogobia told journalists.
“One of the individuals connected to the shipment was an Iranian national who we

Iran says nuclear fuel swap talk an ‘independent’ issue

TEHRAN: Iran reiterated on Tuesday that the nuclear fuel swap issue was separate from its overall atomic programme for which the six world powers and Tehran are expected to hold talks later this month.
“We have said from the beginning that these two issues are independent from one another,” Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast told AFP. “The issue of fuel swap is an independent issue and the issue of dialogue with 5+1 is another independent issue.
If the

US prepares new offer for Iran nuclear talks

WASHINGTON: The United States and its European allies are putting together a new offer for talks with Iran over its nuclear programme, but would include tougher conditions than those rejected by Iran last year, The New York Times reported.
The newspaper cited a senior US official as saying the Obama administration and its partners were “very close to having an agreement” on a position to present to Tehran. Iran has welcomed the offer of talks, which the Western powers want to

Hawkish Israeli minister drafts nuclear Iran plan

Hardline Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has commissioned a report on how to prepare for a nuclear-armed Iran as doubt mounts about the efficacy of preventive action, an Israeli source said on Monday.
Publicly, Israel has pledged to deny the Iranians the means to make a bomb but its previous, centrist govt also discreetly drew up “day after” contingency plans should Tehran’s uranium enrichment pass the military threshold.
At the time, rightist

Peace with Palestinians would help US on Iran: Peres

Israel needs good ties with the US to survive and must be more understanding of US demands over securing peace with the Palestinians, Israeli President Shimon Peres said on Friday.
Peres said an end to the Palestinian conflict would improve the US’ own security position in the Middle East and help isolate Iran. His comments came as a diplomatic deadlock deepened over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s refusal to bow to demands from Washington to extend a freeze

Global powers, Iran support Afghan talks

ROME: Global powers on Monday gave their backing to Afghanistan’s efforts to negotiate with the Taliban and set conditions for the gradual handover of power from foreign troops to local security forces.
The high-level talks on Afghanistan in Rome brought together representatives from 46 countries and international organisations, including for the first time Iran and the OIC. “We want to go in this direction of a realistic aim which is sufficient stability for Afghanistan and

Iran provides goods for flood relief

Provincial Minister for Food and Industries Chaudhary Abdul Ghafoor received 10 containers comprising 200 tons of food, cloths, blankets, food cartons, tents and mineral water bottles through Iranian Consul General Nikan Qami. The Iranian Council General personally handed over the keys of containers to Provincial Minister.
The Iranian council general said that the Iranian government will provide all possible support to Pakistan in its hour of need. Ghafoor thanked the

Three-star Brazil ease past Iran

A much changed Brazil from the one that disappointed at the World Cup finals cruised to a 3-0 victory over Iran in an international friendly here on Thursday.
Goals by Daniel Alves, Alexandre Pato and Nilmar were enough to see the Brazilians to an easy win on what was their second appearance in the United Arab Emirates – they walloped the UAE 8-0 in 2005.
Brazil – now under the management of Mano Menezes after Dunga was sacked following their exit in the World Cup