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Iran’s FM Javad Zarif calls on PM Imran

ISLAMABAD: Iran's Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Javad Zarif called on Prime Minister Imran Khan today and conveyed a message of President Hassan Rouhani. According to a statement released from the PM office, Iran's FM Javad Zarif conveyed personal greetings and commitment of President Rouhani to work closely with Prime Minister Imran Khan for further strengthening bilateral cooperation between the two countries. Reciprocating President Rouhani’s message, Prime Minister Imran Khan reiterated his desire to further…

Khamenei says war unlikely but urges boosting Iran’s defenses

DUBAI: Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Sunday war was unlikely but called on Iran’s armed forces to boost their defense capacities, according to his official website, as the country faces increased tension with the United States. On Saturday, Iran announced plans to boost its ballistic and cruise missile capacity and acquire modern fighter planes and submarines to boost its defenses following the US pullout from Tehran’s nuclear agreement with world powers. “Ayatollah Khamenei emphasized that based…

Iranian President congratulates Imran Khan, invites him to Tehran

ISLAMABAD: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday called Prime Minister-designate and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan. The Iranian President congratulated him on his election victory. Both discussed bilateral relations and other matters of mutual interest. President Rouhani said that Pakistan and Iran are not merely neighboring countries but also bonded by religious and cultural values. He also invited Imran Khan for a formal visit to Iran which was gladly accepted. Imran Khan said he would visit…

Trump says he is willing to meet Rouhani without ‘preconditions’

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump said on Monday he would be willing to meet Iran’s leader without preconditions to discuss how to improve ties after he pulled the United States out of the 2015 nuclear deal, saying: “If they want to meet, we’ll meet.” Asked at a White House news conference whether he was willing to meet Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Trump said: “I’d meet with anybody. I believe in meetings,” especially in cases where war is at stake. Trump’s remarks represented a marked softening in rhetoric…

Rouhani warns Trump about ‘mother of all wars’

DUBAI: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday cautioned U.S. President Donald Trump about pursuing hostile policies against Tehran, saying “America should know ... war with Iran is the mother of all wars,” but he did not rule out peace between the two countries, either. Iran faces increased U.S. pressure and looming sanctions after Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from a 2015 international deal over Iran’s nuclear program. Addressing a gathering of Iranian diplomats, Rouhani said: “Mr Trump, don’t play…

China’s Xi backs nuclear deal in talks with Iran leader

BEIJING: Chinese leader Xi Jinping called for the Iran nuclear deal to be "earnestly" implemented as he met the country’s president following the US withdrawal from the pact, state media said Monday. Xi met one-on-one with Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani on Sunday following a two-day regional security summit in the eastern Chinese city of Qingdao that also included Russia and former Soviet republics. President Donald Trump announced last month the US was withdrawing from the 2015 nuclear deal and re-imposing…

Turkey hosts critical summit on Syria with Russia, Iran

ANKARA: The presidents of Iran, Turkey and Russia met on Wednesday for their second tripartite summit in under six months, aiming to speed the peace process for Syria and bolster their influence in the country. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hosted his Russian and Iranian counterparts Vladimir Putin and Hassan Rouhani in Ankara at his presidential palace for a meeting that could have a critical bearing on developments in Syria. The meeting is the second such tripartite summit after the first hosted by Putin in…