Walid al-Moallem meets Salehi in Damascus

An exclusive source declared to Breaking News Network  that the Foreign Minister of Iran, Ali Akbar Salehi, has arrived to Damascus International Airport this morning.

Salehi, and after his arrival, has met the Syrian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Walid al-Moallem. Moreover, Salehi is expected to meet later from today the Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad.

Media sources have stated that the discussions will revolve about finding political peaceful resolutions to the Syrian Crisis.

On the other hand, Walid al-Moallem is to be in New York next week to attend the meeting of the UN General Assembly. Continue reading

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Iran’s Strategic Diplomatic Victory over the Washington-Israeli Axis: Its Larger Political Consequences

Both in terms of form and content the NAM meeting highlighted the superiority of Iran ’s diplomacy over and against Washington ’s bellicose posturing and improvised diversionary tactics.

By James Petras

Introduction

Iran chaired, hosted and led the recently rejuvenated Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) meeting in Teheran, attended by delegates from 120 countries, including 31 heads of state and 29 foreign secretaries of state.  Even the United Nations General Secretary Ban Ki-Moon, notorious mouthpiece of Washington , felt obligated to address, a forum attended by two-thirds of the member countries of the UN, despite State Department and Israeli objections. Any objective evaluation of the meeting, its venue, the attendance, resolutions and political impact leads to one paramount conclusion:  the NAM meeting was a strategic diplomatic victory for Iran and a major defeat for the US , Israel and the European Union.  The entire US-Israeli-EU diplomatic and propaganda effort to isolate and stigmatize Iran , especially over the past decade, was shredded.

The Politics of Attendance

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (R) welcomes Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh (C) at the Presidential Palace in Tehran, Iran, 29 August 2012. Singh is in Tehran to attend the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit and also hold talks with Iranian leaders on bilateral trade and regional issues. Credit: EPA

Attendance by representatives of 120 countries demonstrates that Iran is not a ‘pariah state’; it is an accepted member of the international community.The presence of 60 heads of state and foreign secretaries demonstrates that Iran is considered a noteworthy and significant political actor, not a “terrorist state” to be isolated and shunned.  The proceedings, debates and discussions among and between the delegates and Iranian leaders convinced those attending that Teheran gives primacy to reasonable dialogue in resolving international conflicts. Continue reading

Syrian ambassador slams calls for expulsion from Lebanon as ‘frustrated’

Syrian Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Abdel-Karim Ali

Syrian Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Abdel-Karim Ali described calls for his expulsion as “frustrated and desperate.”

The demonstration by a “small segment” of the March 14 political parties outside the foreign ministry is part of a split in the country, he said.

Source: Breaking News

 

 

 

US will not apologize to Israel over Iran: Ex-Obama advisor

Former national security advisor to the US President Barack Obama, retired Marine Corps Gen. James L. Jones. (file photo)

A former national security adviser to the US President Barack Obama says Washington has no reason to apologize to Israel for its handling of the Iranian nuclear energy program.

“The Israelis have been given very very strong assurances about their security by the United States, and I don’t think the United States has to apologize for anything on that score,” retired General James Jones said in an interview with the Washington Times.

Jones comments underscore an increasingly public conflict between Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over Iran’s nuclear energy program.  Continue reading

Paris Meeting to Raise Pressure on Syria, Ban Urges Expanded Observers Mission

Foreign ministers of 14 countries meet on Thursday in Paris in order to intensify the pressure on Syria, as the United Nations Chief calls for expanded UN ceasefire observation mission in the country.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and 13 fellow foreign ministers are to hold Syria talks, which France says will send a “strong” call to the regime to abide by a peace plan.

Announcing the meeting, French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said the foreign ministers of the United States, Germany, Jordan, Morocco, Qatar and Saudi Arabia would be among those taking part in the meeting
The assembled ministers would send Damascus “a message of firmness and support for Kofi Annan”, the joint UN-Arab League envoy pushing the peace plan in Syria, Juppe added.

“The obstacles to the UN observers’ mission that Damascus is putting in place and the Syrian regime’s continued repression, contrary to its commitments, calls for a strong reaction from the international community”.

Asked if Russia would attend, foreign ministry spokesman Bernard Valero said the meeting “is not a substitute for the work of the (UN) Security Council”, so not all council members had been invited. Continue reading