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Iran’s Rouhani Calls for Better Gulf Ties in Call with Qatar Emir

DUBAI, May 28- Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani called on Saturday for improved relations with Gulf Arab countries during a telephone call with the emir of Qatar, which has come under fire from its Gulf neighbours over its relationship with Tehran. Iran and the Gulf Arab states are backing opposing sides in the Syrian and Yemen

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Iran Has Built Third Underground Ballistic Missile Factory

ANKARA, May 25 – Iran has built a third underground ballistic missile production factory and will keep developing its missile programme, the semi-official Fars news agency reported on Thursday, in a development likely to fuel tension with Arab neighbours and Washington. “Iran’s third underground factory has been built by the Guards in recent years …

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Iran Accuses U.S. of “Iranophobia”, Arming “Dangerous Terrorists”

DUBAI, May 22 – Iran accused the United States on Monday of selling arms to “dangerous terrorists” in the Middle East and of spreading “Iranophobia” aimed at encouraging Arab states to purchase arms, state television reported. “Once again, by his repetitive and baseless claims about Iran, the American president … tried to encourage the countries

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Israeli Minister Expresses Concern Over U.S.-Saudi Arms Deal

JERUSALEM, May 21 (Reuters) – Israel expressed muted concern on Sunday to a major arms deal between the United States and Saudi Arabia announced a day earlier during the visit to the region by U.S. President Donald Trump. The central achievement of Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia was nearly $110 billion in deals sealed on

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Senior Hezbollah Official Calls U.S. Administration “Mentally Impeded and Crazy” Amid Trump Visit

BEIRUT, May 21 – A senior Hezbollah official recently blacklisted by Washington and Riyadh called the U.S. administration “mentally impeded and crazy” on Sunday as President Donald Trump visited Saudi Arabia, in the group’s latest verbal attack on the United States. Sayyed Hashem Safieddine, president of the Iran-backed Shi’ite group’s executive council, said Washington would

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Iran’s Zarif Urges Trump to Discuss Avoiding Another 9/11 with Saudis

DUBAI, May 21 – Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, advised U.S. President Donald Trump to discuss how to avoid another September 11 attack with the Saudi hosts of his first official visit abroad, Zarif wrote in an editorial published on Sunday. Tehran and Riyadh are regional arch-rivals who accuse each other of sponsoring fundamentalist

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Iran warns will hit militant “safe havens” inside Pakistan

LONDON, May 8 – The head of the Iranian armed forces warned Islamabad on Monday that Tehran would hit bases inside Pakistan if the government does not confront Sunni militants who carry out cross-border attacks. Ten Iranian border guards were killed by militants last month. Iran said Jaish al Adl, a Sunni militant group, had

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Iran says Saudis seeking tension, calls Riyadh comments “destructive”

LONDON, May 4 – Iran accused Saudi Arabia on Wednesday of seeking tension in the region, saying the Saudi deputy crown prince had made “destructive” comments by ruling out dialogue with Tehran. Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is also Saudi defence minister and a son of King Salman, said in unusually blunt remarks on Tuesday that

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Saudi Deputy Crown Prince: Iran Wants to Control the Islamic World

DUBAI, May 2 – Saudi Arabia’s powerful deputy crown prince has ruled out any dialogue with Iran, a country he said was busy plotting to control the Muslim world. Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the Saudi defence minister, said in a TV interview to be broadcast later on Tuesday his country could crush Iran-aligned fighters in

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