Iran’s Zarif in rare visit to Qatar

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. (REUTERS)
Updated 08 March 2017
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Iran’s Zarif in rare visit to Qatar

DOHA: Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif held talks Wednesday with the emir of Qatar, on his first visit to the Gulf state since July 2015.
Zarif and Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani discussed “regional developments” and bilateral relations, QNA state news agency said.
Last month, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani visited Kuwait and Oman in a lightning tour aimed at mending ties with his country’s Arab neighbors in the Gulf.
Tehran’s ties with the Arab monarchies have been strained over its support for Syrian President Bashar Assad and alleged backing of Yemen’s Shiite Houthi rebels.
Qatar recalled its ambassador to Tehran in January 2016 in solidarity with Saudi Arabia after attacks on Saudi missions in Iran.


Israel showed Russia proof Syria was responsible for downing plane

Updated 21 September 2018
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Israel showed Russia proof Syria was responsible for downing plane

JERUSALEM: Israel provided Moscow with proof it was not responsible for the downing of a Russian plane in Syria, an Israeli military official said on Friday.
Fifteen Russian crew were killed when the IL-20 surveillance plane crashed near Latakia in northern Syria on Monday. Russia has said Syria shot the plane down shortly after Israeli jets hit a target in the area.
An Israeli delegation including its air force chief and other officers traveled to Moscow to brief about the incident.
“We proved how the Syrian reckless anti-air fire was the direct cause of hitting the Russian aircraft,” said the military official, who briefed reporters on condition of anonymity. “They fired quite recklessly and irresponsibly and unprofessionally into the air long after our planes were no longer there.”