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Iranian opposition meets in Sweden .. to discuss change.
Middle East & Africa

Iranian opposition meets in Sweden .. to discuss change.

Dozens of Iranian opposition parties, organizations and personalities under the umbrella of the “Council of Democratic Forces in Iran” met in an expanded conference in Stockholm, the capital of the Kingdom of Sweden, on Saturday afternoon, to discuss ways to unify efforts and possibilities to overthrow the regime in Tehran.

The organizers stated to that delegates from the Swedish parliament, Iranian and international figures, activists and members of Iranian society organizations in the Diaspora will participate in the conference that will present how to support the protests of the Iranian interior and the role of the opposition abroad in communicating with the international community to communicate the demands and aspirations of the Iranian people in salvation From the system of Wilayat al-Faqih, and the formation of a pluralistic democratic system that represents all components of society with a national, cultural, religious and political diversity.

The Council of Democratic Forces in Iran, made up of 13 parties and organizations, is the broadest alliance of all Iranian opposition factions that includes the Persian Nationalist parties represented by the Iranian Democratic Front and the Union of People’s Fedayes and the Liberal Republicans, in addition to the parties and organizations of non-Persian nationalities, which are each of the “Kurdistan Democratic Party, The Ahwazi Democratic Solidarity Party, the Azerbaijani Political and Cultural Center, the Baloch People’s Party, the Iranian Kurdistan Alliance Party, the Turkmen Political Cultural Center, the United Front of Baluchistan, the Bakhtiari and Lorestan Union party, in addition to a number of Syndicates Workers, civil society activists, and independent political figures.

The council has issued invitations to the rest of the opposition parties and organizations whose representatives will attend – according to the organizers – to discuss uniting all opposition forces under a comprehensive umbrella to harness efforts and capabilities to overthrow the Iranian regime.

The meeting will offer to form a broad coalition and a joint program and win sympathy and support for nations, peoples and free and progressive countries in cooperation with international institutions to change the Iranian regime with peaceful popular protests and a smooth transition to democracy.

It is noteworthy that the convening of the conference comes in light of the suffocating international isolation experienced by the Iranian regime because of the nuclear program and the crisis of shooting down the Ukrainian plane with a missile for the Revolutionary Guard and the consequences of the bloody repression of the popular protests in November and January.

The European position, after activating the “trigger mechanism” to settle the nuclear dispute with Iran, is approaching more than the American position on concluding a comprehensive agreement that includes freezing the nuclear and missile programs, stopping the regional regime’s interference and continuing its support for terrorism. See more Latest news on africa .

Israel Will Not Be Able To Annex West Bank, Afterall!
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Israel Will Not Be Able To Annex West Bank, Afterall!

The U.S. ambassador to Israel has warned Israel against its actions in tandem with the Middle Eastern Plan.  He has asked Israel not to move unilaterally annex territory in the West Bank because it could jeopardize future U.S. recognition of Israel’s sovereignty in the occupied areas.

At the moment, Israel has not put down a proper annexation plan and map that defines the area that they would annex. Unless that happens, US officials are not happy with the Trump- Netanyahu bonding. From the beginning, it seems Trump’s plan has been to give maximum control of Palestinian lands to Israel.  It actually allows Israel to annex about 30% of the West Bank.  According to the Israeli government, this territory is critical to ensuring the country’s security. Also quoting biblical importance, the Netanyahu government has allowed for extensive expansion of Israeli settlements in the area in recent years.

The Trump driven Middle Eastern Plan literally crushes the possibility of a contiguous independent Palestinian state, as it allows for the Israeli annexation of all of the Jewish settlements.

David Friedman has rightly mentioned the media that nothing is stopping Israel from keep it side of the bargain and it does not have to wait till March 02 voting cycle, which is what Netanyahu is doing as of now. Friedman has cleared any confusion saying that the U.S. recognition of the Peace Plan only comes after the U.S. and Israel convened to agree to final, detailed maps.  This is saving grace for Palestinians and all those who are in opposition of a plan that is heavily tilted towards benefiting the dictator that Benjamin Netayahu has been over two decades in Israel. Follow us for more Middle East Latest news.

To contain the nuclear crisis: the European Union foreign minister visits Iran
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To contain the nuclear crisis: the European Union foreign minister visits Iran

European Union Foreign Minister Josep Borrell arrived in the Iranian capital, Tehran, according to what Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi announced, in light of renewed tension between the West and Tehran over its nuclear file.

Moussaoui said in a press statement that Borrell “will arrive in Iran for the first time since he took office (early December). Foreign Minister Muhammad Javad Zarif is scheduled to meet with other prominent officials in our country for consultations.”

Moussaoui did not provide further details about Borel’s arrival time or the duration of his visit.

This visit comes amid new tension between Iran and Western countries, against the background of the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program.

On January 24, Borrell invited the signatories of the 2015 nuclear agreement in Vienna to a meeting in February, in order to preserve the agreement that has been at risk of collapse since the United States unilaterally withdrew from it in 2018.

He stated at the time that all parties “confirmed their determination to preserve the agreement that is in everyone’s interest.”

In Vienna, Iran agreed to limit its nuclear program in exchange for a partial lifting of international sanctions that stifle its economy.

But the U.S. exit from the agreement, and its reimposition of sanctions against Iran since 2018, deprived Tehran of the economic benefits it had been awaiting from the agreement.

With sanctions re-imposed, in May 2019, an economy in recession, Iran declared its non-compliance with the restrictions agreed in Vienna.

In an attempt to force Tehran to return to compliance with the terms of the agreement, the Europeans launched a mechanism in January to resolve the dispute.

In a related context, a Japanese destroyer sailed to the Gulf of Oman, amid increasing tension in the Middle East, in order to protect the shipping lines that supply the third largest economy in the world with almost all of their oil needs.

“Thousands of Japanese ships sail in these waters every year, including ships carrying nine-tenths of our oil. They are the lifeblood of Japan,” Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told the crew of the destroyer Takanami, at the Yokosuka naval base near Tokyo, before sailing.

The ship, which will be escorted by two maritime patrol aircraft, will not join a U.S.-led naval force or any other naval alliances in the region.

Japan opted to act independently in the region’s conflicts. The Tokyo government has friendly relations with Iran and other Middle Eastern countries, and Abe traveled to the region in January to brief Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Oman on the mission after having held talks with Iranian leaders.

Tension has increased in the Middle East since the rift between Iran and the United States intensified following the decision of US President Donald Trump to withdraw from the international nuclear agreement that Tehran concluded with world powers in 2015, and the subsequent re-imposition of US sanctions on Iran.To read all the latest news on africa.

Johnson expressed support for the “deal of the century”
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Johnson expressed support for the “deal of the century”

By Julia Dzekish.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson expressed support for US President Donald Trump’s Middle East settlement plan, emphasizing the importance of a two-state solution and the unacceptability of annexation of Palestinian territories.  This is stated in a communiqué circulated by the office of the head of the British government following a telephone conversation on Thursday with Johnson and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

“They discussed United States proposals for peace between Israel and Palestine, and the prime minister reaffirmed his support for US efforts. He also clearly outlined a long-standing position in the UK on the importance of a two-state solution and our rejection of the unilateral annexation of territory.” – says the communique.

The leaders also discussed relations between the two countries in the light of the British withdrawal from the EU on January 31, including in the field of trade.

On January 28, Trump, together with Netanyahu, announced in Washington the key provisions of the so-called deal of the century – a plan for a Palestinian-Israeli peaceful settlement based on mutual recognition of the two states.  Washington suggests inextricably linking Palestinian territory, consisting of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, with high-speed transport links, and recognizing only part of East Jerusalem as the capital of the Arab state (according to Netanyahu, we are talking about the Jerusalem suburb of Abu Dis).  At the same time, the owner of the White House called all of Jerusalem “the indivisible capital” of Israel and announced the US intention to recognize Jewish settlements as Israeli territory. you can see more news middle east latest news.

EU Top Diplomat To Discuss Way Out With Iran
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EU Top Diplomat To Discuss Way Out With Iran

Top EU diplomat Josep Borrell has plans to visit Iran according to confirmed news from Tehran and Brussels. This will be his first visit since taking office where he aims to reduce rising tensions over the Islamic republic’s nuclear programme.

On his two day trip, Borrell will be meeting up with all top level Iranian officials. This includes President Hassan Rouhani, Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and parliamentary speaker Ali Larijani. Borrell intends to de-escalate the tension that has been mounting between the US and Iran, after the US retracted itself from the 2015 Nuclear Deal. His visit also aims to come out with a viable political solution.

Washington took to imposing sanctions over Tehran something that has crippled the latter’s economy.  It has been the EU sentiment that Borrell’s visit will convey, of that of ‘preservation’ of the nuclear deal  known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, and to discuss cooperation between the EU and Iran.

The nuclear deal was landmark movement by then president of US, Barack Obama, under which Iran had received partial reprieve from crippling international sanctions. In return, Tehran had agreed to drastically reduce its nuclear activities and to submit to a tailor-made inspection regime by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Donald Trump has undone everything good that had been done by his predecessor, pushing Iran to move to take drastic measures in order to retaliate to the mounting economical pressure brought forth by the US. All participating nations in the 2015 Nuclear deal are against any kind of violent outcome. This includes France, Germany, Britain, China, and Russia as well, though Moscow is known to dance to its own tune. Watch more news about Middle East Latest news, Latest news on africa .

Deal of the century. Palestinian Authority cuts relationship with USA, protests in Amman
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Deal of the century. Palestinian Authority cuts relationship with USA, protests in Amman

The Palestinian Authority decided to cut the relationship with the American administration against the background of its policy towards Palestine, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said today.

According to the Palestinian News Agency (WFA), Abbas’s statement came during his participation in the emergency meeting of Arab foreign ministers today at the headquarters of the Arab League to discuss the developments of the Palestinian issue, against the background of the US administration’s peace plan, which was announced recently by US President Donald Trump as the “Deal of the Century”.

The Palestinian President pointed out that “We refused to receive the deal from the first moment of its announcement” stressing his decision to sever the relationship with the American administration against the background of its policy towards Palestine.

“Netanyahu does not believe in peace, and during his mandate there has been no progress in the peace process”. Abbas continued reaffirm that “The Balfour Declaration is a British-American promise in every sense of the word”.

President Donald Trump announced his administration’s ‘Vision for Peace, Prosperity and a Brighter Future’ at the White House on Tuesday, which would legalize Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Israel also would be allowed to annex around 30 per cent of the West Bank.

In response, the UN underlined its longstanding commitment to realizing a two-State solution, with Israelis and Palestinians “living side by side in peace and security, within recognized borders, on the basis of the pre-1967 lines.”

However, what the US plan offers is “a one and half state solution”, according to Michael Lynk, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territory.

“This is not a recipe for a just and durable peace but rather endorses the creation of a 21st century Bantustan in the Middle East”, he said, referring to the homelands established for black South Africans during the apartheid era.

Protests are expected in many Arab countries in support of Palestinians. Thousands of Jordanians demonstrated Friday against the US President Donald Trump’s plan and the Israeli flag was burned in Amman amid chants of “Death to Israel”.

About three thousand people participated in a demonstration that started from Al-Husseini Mosque in the center of Jordan capital, amid a heavy security presence, and the demonstrators carried banners saying “Jordan rejects the deal of the century” and “The deal of the century is toppled,” in addition to Jordanian and Palestinian flags.If you want to read more news Middle East Latest news, Latest news on africa

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