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Newsline: China’s top diplomat says cooperation with Iran to continue

China will continue its cooperation and relations with Iran, state news agency Xinhua reported, citing a statement from Chinese State Councillor Wang Yi. The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the 2015 deal in which Tehran agreed to curb its nuclear work in return for the lifting of most Western sanctions, is in line with the international community’s “common interest”, the Chinese diplomat said in a phone conversation with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, according to Xinhua. “We have openly indicated that we oppose the wrong practices of unilateral sanctions and ‘long-arm jurisdiction’ in international relations,” Wang Yi was quoted as saying. Beijing has cultivated close commercial links with Tehran, especially in the energy sector. China’s ties with Tehran are open, transparent and lawful, its foreign ministry said earlier in August, after U.S. President Donald Trump said companies doing business with Iran would be barred from the United States.

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/china-s-top-diplomat-says-cooperation-with-iran-to-continue—xinhua-10628302

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Newsline: Russian Ambassador Defends Iran’s Role in Syria on Israeli TV

Russia cannot compel Iranian forces to quit Syria, Moscow’s ambassador to Tel Aviv said on Monday, rebuffing Israel’s long-standing demand that it should work to ensure their total withdrawal from the country. “They are playing a very, very important role in our common and joint effort to eliminate terrorists in Syria,” Ambassador Anatoly Viktorov told Israel’s Channel 10 television in an interview. “That is why, for this period of time, we see as non-realistic any demands to expel any foreign troops from the entirety of the Syrian Arab Republic,” he said.

https://themoscowtimes.com/news/russian-ambassador-defends-irans-role-in-syria-on-israeli-tv-62390

Newsline: Iran summons Dutch ambassador, condemns deportation of its diplomats

Tehran has summoned the Dutch ambassador and the Islamic Republic has protested against the deportation of two Iranian diplomats in the Netherlands, the Iranian foreign ministry spokesman was quoted as saying by IRNA on Saturday. Bahram Qasemi called the decision to expel two Iranian embassy staff “unfriendly, unconstructive” and said Iran has the right to take reciprocal measures.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-europe-iran-netherlands/iran-summons-dutch-ambassador-condemns-deportation-of-its-diplomats-irna-idUSKBN1JX0UQ

Newsline: Iranian diplomat in Austria held over Paris bomb plot

Austria is preparing to strip the diplomatic immunity from an Iranian envoy suspected of planning to bomb Iranian politicians in France. The diplomat and two other arrested people are suspected of plotting to attack a meeting of exiled opposition members in Paris last weekend. Tehran denies any involvement. The diplomatic tension comes a day before President Hassan Rouhani is due to arrive in Austria to discuss a disputed nuclear deal. Two Belgian nationals apprehended in Brussels are reported to be husband and wife, and to be of Iranian origin. The Iranian diplomat, identified as Assadollah A, is ordinarily based in the Austrian capital. But he was arrested in Germany.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-44696311

Newsline: France appoints Iran ambassador as Syria envoy

The current French ambassador to Iran Francois Senemaud has been named as President Emmanuel Macron’s personal representative for Syria. The appointment was announced at the weekly cabinet meeting. Senemaud, 61, is expected to leave Tehran in August, Benjamin Griveaux, the government spokesman, told a weekly news briefing and added that France is “not reopening” its embassy. In 2012, France closed its embassy in Syria without formally breaking off diplomatic relations. Franck Gellet, 54, who has just been appointed as French ambassador to Qatar, was working as French envoy to Syria since 2014.

https://www.yenisafak.com/en/news/france-appoints-iran-ambassador-as-syria-envoy-3414952

Newsline: Jordan allegedly withdraws ambassador from Iran

Jordan has allegedly withdrawn their ambassador to Iran, Saudi state-owned Al-Arabiya TV claimed this afternoon. Citing a senior Jordanian official, Al-Arabiya claimed ambassador ‘Abdallah Suleiman Abu Raman was transferred from Tehran to ‘Amman this week. “There is no intention of naming another Jordanian ambassador to Tehran at this moment,” the unnamed Jordanian official told Al-Arabiya. According to the Al-Arabiya source, the reason for the withdrawal is “Jordan’s firm stance on Iran’s policies that involve their interference in the affairs of regional countries.” The Al-Arabiya source stressed Iran’s specific policies against “the security of the countries in this region, especially Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Cooperation Council countries.”

https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/breaking-jordan-allegedly-withdraws-ambassador-from-iran-al-arabiya/

Newsline: Iran Accused of Turning its Embassy in Sana’a into Military Camp

Iran turned its embassy in Sana’a into insurgents’ military operation room, indicated Yemen’s Foreign Ministry. The Ministry issued a statement strongly condemning Iran’s constant negative interference in the Yemeni internal issue to support the insurgency, encouraging chaos and instability in Yemen, all of which is an extension to Tehran’s sabotaging roles in the region. In a statement which the Yemeni News Agency (Saba) received a copy of, the Ministry said: “Iran has turned its embassy in Sanaa into a military camp and training center for the insurgency militia.” The embassy also became a military operations room in which Iranian military advisers meet with the coup leaders, and it serves as storage for weapons, explosive devices and missiles that pose threat to local residents in Sanaa and to other Yemeni provinces and neighboring countries, according to the Ministry.

https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1235181/iran-accused-turning-its-embassy-sanaa-military-camp