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Newsline: US top diplomat hints at possible talks with Iran

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson hinted that he was open to direct talks with Iran in the future. “In terms of whether I would ever pick the phone up, I’ve never shut off the phone to anyone that wants to talk or have a productive conversation,” Xinhua quoted Tillerson as saying. “At this point, I have no plans to call my counterpart in Iran, although in all likelihood we will talk at the right time,” said Tillerson. Iran’s incumbent moderate President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday won the presidential election by garnering 57 per cent of the votes, according to the Iranian Interior Ministry. Tillerson said he wanted Rouhani to “begin a process of dismantling” what he called “destabilizing forces that exist in this region.” Tillerson’s remarks were made during US President Donald Trump’s first official overseas trip to Saudi Arabia and Israel, Iran’s main regional rivals in the Middle East.


Newsline: Iranian self-immolates outside embassy in Bangkok

Thai police said an Iranian man set himself on fire Friday in front of the Iranian Embassy in Bangkok to protest his country’s presidential election. The unidentified man doused himself with gasoline before lighting himself on fire outside the gate of the embassy around noon, police said. The man suffered burns all over his body and was taken to a hospital. Pol Lt Col Noppadol Samart said the man was protesting Friday’s presidential vote in Iran, though he did not know exactly what about the election the man was opposed to.


Newsline: Pakistan summons Iran’s ambassador over commander comments

Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry has summoned Tehran’s ambassador to Islamabad over remarks made by the Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Bagheri. Mehdi Honardoost was summoned to convey Pakistan’s concerns after Bagheri said Iran itself would deal with the terrorists if Pakistan fails to do so, the Dawn newspaper reported. “We expect the Pakistani officials to control the borders, arrest the terrorists and shut down their bases … If the terrorist attacks continue, we will deal crushing blows to their safe havens and cells, wherever they are,” Bagheri said on Monday. Bagheri further said that the border has turned into a training ground for “Saudi-hired terrorists” who are funded by the United States. Pakistan urged Iran to refrain from making statements which could harm relations between the two countries. The remarks were made a month after 10 Iranian border guards were killed in a terrorist attack launched from inside the Pakistani soil. One of the border guards, injured, is held captive by the terrorists.


Newsline: Iran summons Pakistan ambassador for terror attack on border guards

Iran summoned Pakistan ambassador to Tehran over terrorist attack on Iranian border guards which claimed the lives of nine soldiers and injured two others. Iran’s protest on the terrorist attack was conveyed to Ambassador Asif Ali Khan Durrani, Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi said on Friday. ‘We strongly expect Pakistan government to adopt serious measures for arrest and punishment of terrorists,’ the ambassador was told. Meanwhile, the ambassador expressed sorrow over the terrorist incident and insured that he would convey Iran’s message to the Pakistani government. On Wednesday evening, nine Iranian border guards died during an ambush attack by terrorists. They were reportedly killed while patrolling in the city of Mirjaveh in Iran’s southeastern province of sistan-Baluchestan.


Newsline: Iran summons Denmark’s envoy over embassy attack

Iran’s Foreign Ministry summoned Danish Ambassador to Tehran Danny Annan to voice the strong protest of the Islamic Republic on the country’s incapability to provide security and peace of Iranian embassy and its staff in Denmark. “Following the attack of four counter-revolutionary elements on Iran’s embassy in Copenhagen on Thursday, head of European Affairs Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned Danish Ambassador to Tehran Danny Annan to voice Iran’s strong protest against the attack,” Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Ghasemi said. He urged Danish government to take responsible and serious measures to deal with the dissidents and to provide the Islamic Republic with the results of their proceedings. He pointed out that Danish ambassador expressed his regret over the attack on the embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran and said the incident is unacceptable. “Annan promised to reflect Iran’s protests to Copenhagen and to pursue the perpetrators and notify it of the results as soon as possible,” Ghasemi noted.


Newsline: Iran assigns new ambassador to Syria

Iran has announced a new ambassador to Syria after three months of the role going unfilled due to reports of disagreements on who should fill the role, AlArabiya.net reported. Javad Turk Abadi was named to the role after the previous ambassador completed his mission three months ago. Turk Abadi was previously the ambassador to Sudan from 2011 to 2015 before Khartoum decided to shut down the office after cutting off ties with Iran. Before that, he was Iran’s ambassador to Bahrain, Nigeria and Kuwait. Iran’s parliament in recent weeks threatened to question their Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif over the role’s vacancy since Mohammad-Reza Raouf-Sheibani left his post in October 2016. Iran’s embassy in Damascus has played a major role in organizing meetings between political and military leaders of Syria and Iran since the conflict broke out in 2011.


Newsline: Iranians urged against visiting Embassy in Turkey

The Iranian Embassy in Ankara has issued a warning statement to Iranian nationals, urging them to avoid making unnecessary visits to the Embassy following the assassination of Russian envoy Andrey Karlov. The Iranian Embassy in Ankara made the announcement in a statement on Saturday, adding “in order to facilitate consular affairs for Iranian nationals, they are advised to make visits to Iran’s consulates in the three Turkish cities of Istanbul, Trabzon and Erzurum from 10 AM to 12 PM starting Monday, Dec. 26. Consular services will continue to be limited to this time period until further notice.” The Embassy further called on Iranian nationals to avoid making visits to consulates on days and times other than those mentioned, advising them to visit the Embassy’s website for more information.