‘A vital region for UK’s geostrategic interests’

Crispin Blunt
Updated 26 September 2017
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‘A vital region for UK’s geostrategic interests’

“This survey shows that public awareness of the Arab world is lacking, with 81 percent of the public claiming to have either limited or no knowledge of the Arab world. The Middle East and North Africa is a vital region for our geostrategic interests, presenting policymakers with challenging questions every day. As touched on in this survey, these range from whether the government should recognize the state of Palestine, conduct military operations against ISIS (Daesh) in Iraq and Syria, how to support integration of Arab communities here in the UK, and how we deal with Islamophobia. For a democratic society it is important that these topics are openly discussed and decisions are taken on the basis of informed debate. It is also important that policymakers have a better understanding of the views of their own constituents on these issues and so I welcome the efforts taken to produce this poll.”

• For full report and related articles please visit: How Brits view Arab world


Iran warns Trump to remain in the nuclear deal or ‘face severe consequences’

Updated 43 min 22 sec ago
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Iran warns Trump to remain in the nuclear deal or ‘face severe consequences’

  • Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned US President Donald Trump to stay in the nuclear deal Tehran signed with world powers in 2015
  • Trump has said that unless European allies fix what he has called “terrible flaws” in the deal by May 12, he will restore US economic sanctions on Iran, which would be a severe blow to the pact

LONDON: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned US President Donald Trump on Tuesday to stay in the nuclear deal Tehran signed with world powers in 2015, or face “severe consequences”, as other signatories stepped up efforts to save the agreement.
Trump has said that unless European allies fix what he has called “terrible flaws” in the deal by May 12, he will restore US economic sanctions on Iran, which would be a severe blow to the pact.
The other powers that signed the deal - Russia, China, Germany, Britain and France - have all said they want to preserve the agreement that curbed Iran’s nuclear programme in return for lifting most sanctions.
“I am telling those in the White House that if they do not live up to their commitments, the Iranian government will firmly react,” Rouhani said in a speech broadcast live on state television.
“If anyone betrays the deal, they should know that they would face severe consequences,” he told a cheering crowd of thousands gathered in the city of Tabriz. “Iran is prepared for all possible situations,” he added.
French President Emmanuel Macron is in Washington, trying to convince Trump not to tear up the accord.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday he had agreed with his Chinese counterpart that Moscow and Beijing would try to block any US attempt to sabotage the nuclear deal.
Iran has warned that it will ramp up its nuclear programme if the deal collapses.