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Italian FM doubts EastMed pipeline project feasible   -31%

The EastMed pipeline project will fail to be a feasible plan in terms of its cost and construction process, according to Italy's foreign minister.

Justin Trudeau urges Iran to send downed jetliner's black boxes to France   -2%

Earlier, Ukraine’s foreign minister, Vadym Prystaiko, said Iran was ready to hand over the black boxes to his country.

'We can't wait': Maldives desperate for funds as islands risk going under   15%

The tropical Maldives may lose entire islands unless it can quickly access cheap financing to fight the impact of climate change, its foreign minister said.

North Korean foreign minister replaced: report   -12%

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho has been replaced, Seoul-based NK News reported on Saturday.

Russia says Iran shot down passenger plane after US jets were sent to its borders   -6%

Foreign minister Sergei Lavrov claims US fighter planes spooked Iran into making 'a human mistake'

Iran rejects Boris Johnsons strange proposal to strike new Trump deal to replace nuclear pact   -12%

In separate comments, foreign minister Zarif admits Iranian people were 'lied to' over plane crash

Europe scrambles to save nuclear deal and avert USIran war   -26%

Emergency Brussels summit sees 28 member state foreign ministers once again throw their weight behind the Iran nuclear deal

Dominic Raab flies to emergency Brussels talks on Iran crisis   -6%

Foreign minister meets with Germany and French counterparts

North Korean foreign minister replaced: Report   -12%

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho has been replaced, Seoul-based NK News reported on Saturday. Ri’s replacement has not been identified but Pyongyang is set to reveal his successor about

Pakistan FM, after visits, says Iran wants to de-escalate   -12%

Pakistan’s foreign minister, who has shuttled between Washington and Tehran in the course of a week, voiced confidence Friday that Iran was seeking to lower tensions. Foreign Minister Shah

Canadas and Irans foreign ministers to meet on Friday   -10%

Canada’s Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne will meet Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Friday to discuss Tehran’s shooting down of a Ukrainian airline last week,

Libya peace conference documents nearly ready: Russia   2%

Russia’s acting Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday that documents for a Libya peace conference were nearly ready but the war-scarred country’s rivals refused to speak to each

Greece tells Haftar to take constructive stance at Berlin conference   -11%

Greece encouraged Libyan military commander Khalifa Haftar to be constructive at an upcoming conference in Berlin to try end the war over Tripoli, its foreign minister said on Friday after meeting the

Iranian representative to go to Ukraine next week, Kiev says   -3%

An Iranian representative will travel to Ukraine next week following the shooting down of a Ukrainian passenger plane near Tehran last week, Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko told parliament on Friday.

Lavrov calls for US-Iranian de-escalation after plane downing   -9%

Russia’s acting Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Friday urged Iran and the United States to wind down tensions after Iranian forces accidentally downed a Ukrainian passenger jet. Lavrov said

Australia raises case of imprisoned academic with Iran   -12%

Foreign Minister Marise Payne declined to detail her conversation with Mohammad Javad Zarif.

India and the US over China: Maldives picks a side in the Indian Ocean   -12%

With geopolitical rivalries over the Indian Ocean heating up, the Maldives will tie its fortunes to India even at the risk of displeasing China.That was the message from the Maldives’ Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid, who told the South China Morning Post in an exclusive interview on Thursday that the island chain would back Washington’s Indo-Pacific strategy – widely seen by critics as aimed at containing China.Shahid described India as a “special” friend and said the two countries had the …

Donald Trumps assassination of Qassem Soleimani: illegal, says Russia, helped Isis, says Iran   -12%

The foreign ministers of Russia and Iran used a conference in New Delhi on Wednesday to criticise Washington’s assassination of the Iranian general Qassem Soleimani.Russia’s Sergey Lavrov, who has previously labelled the killing an “illegal power move”, slammed the US for not following international law, said Russia proposed a no-aggression pact for the Middle East region and offered support to Iran over “stringent” US sanctions. Meanwhile his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, slammed…

Canada pushes Iran on downed plane, saying world will not rest without answers   -9%

Canada’s foreign minister on Thursday vowed to push Iran for answers about the mistaken downing of a passenger plane amid high tensions after the US killed one of Tehran’s top commanders.The plane was hit and all 176 people on board were killed just hours after Iran fired strikes against US troops stationed in Iraq in retaliation for a drone attack that killed its most prominent general, Qassem Soleimani.“In the wake of such a horrific tragedy there are many questions,” Francois-Philippe…

Taiwans foreign minister warns Beijing not to retaliate if it doesnt like election result  

Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Joseph Wu has warned Beijing not to retaliate if it does not like the result of the island’s presidential election on Saturday.Wu told reporters on Thursday that Beijing should not “read too much into” Taiwan’s elections, and that the government and military would be monitoring any changes to the cross-strait situation after the vote.Beijing considers Taiwan part of its territory, and has proposed bringing the democratic island into its fold through a “one country, two…

Can China be the voice of reason as US, Iran trade missile attacks?   -11%

Beijing is a frequent stop on the travel itinerary of Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who has made at least four visits in the past 12 months, reflecting China’s role as Tehran’s biggest trading partner as the Middle East state faces crippling trade sanctions.Increasingly, China is attempting to use that leverage to try and prevent the spread of conflict in the region after the US used a drone missile to kill Iran’s top general and Tehran responded with missile attacks on US…

China contributes to global anti-terror cause with deradicalization efforts in Xinjiang   3%

CAIRO, Jan. 8 (Xinhua) -- China has made important contributions to the global fight against terrorism with its deradicalization efforts in Xinjiang, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Wednesday.

Speaking at a joint news conference with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry in Cairo, Wang stressed that the issue of Xinjiang is solely China's internal affairs.

He said that what happens in Xinjiang is an issue of fighting separatism and terrorism, rather than an issue of human rights or religion.

For quite a period, the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, as one of the five ethnic autonomous regions in China, had suffered from the woes of terrorism and extremism. Violent extremists had perpetrated a number of terror attacks, killing and wounding thousands of innocent civilians, Wang said.

To protect the safety of all ethnic groups in Xinjiang including the Muslims, the Chinese government has firmly cracked down on all forms of terror activities, on one hand, and set up vocational education and training centers, on another hand, the top Chinese diplomat explained.

These centers aimed at saving those who were infected by extremist thoughts through education and professional training to uproot extremism and terrorism at the source, he said.

In its anti-terror campaign in Xinjiang, China has drawn on the experience of many countries, including Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, as well as many Western countries such as the United States and France, he said.

The Chinese measures "are totally legal, as they are widely recognized as preventive counter-terrorism steps," Wang said.

He added that China's counter-terrorism efforts in Xinjiang have paid off. "For three years in a row, Xinjiang has been free from violent terrorist incidents," he noted.

Wang said that all the trainees in the training centers have now graduated, and, with the help of the government, they have found stable jobs and are living a peaceful and secure life.

"It has been proved that the efforts made by the government in Xinjiang have not only provided security for local residents, but also protected the rights of religious freedom, thus making important contributions to the global anti-terror cause and providing useful experience for the global deradicalization efforts," Wang said.

The freedom of religious belief, including Islam, is fully ensured in Xinjiang, where there are over 24,000 mosques, or one for every 530 Muslims, which is a higher ratio than many Islamic countries.

Wang slammed the evil intentions of some forces in the West, which attempt to destabilize Xinjiang and undermine the ties between China and the Islamic world through smearing China, with an aim to block China's development.

"We should be clear-eyed about those Western countries accusing China of the Xinjiang issue, as they are in fact the ones which have the least respect for the Islamic civilization and inflicted heavy casualties on a great number of innocent Muslims," Wang said.

He said most Islamic countries, including Egypt, have not been deceived by the lies spread by those Western states. A total of 51 countries, including 28 Islamic nations, signed a joint letter last July sent to the United Nations to express support to China's policies in Xinjiang.

"Facts speak louder than words, and fair-minded people can tell right from wrong," Wang said.

More than 70 foreign delegations from 91 countries and regions, or some 1,000 people, have visited Xinjiang and stated that China's counter-terrorism and deradicalization efforts can provide inspirations for others.

"China welcomes Egyptian friends, including religious groups, to Xinjiang to take a tour and have a look with own eyes. I bet you will see a stable, peaceful and thriving Xinjiang," the top Chinese diplomat said.

We dont have political problems with India: Irans Zarif urges Delhi to defy US sanctions & resume buying Iranian oil   43%

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has called on India to shirk Washington’s “maximum pressure” sanctions campaign and continue sourcing its energy from the Islamic Republic, arguing it’s in the country’s best interest.
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Europe caved to US bully by selling out nuclear deal to avoid new Trump tariffs Zarif   1%

France, Britain and Germany have betrayed the 2015 nuclear deal after being threatened with US tariffs, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has claimed, noting that Europe has lost the moral high ground.
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