World leaders condemn deadly attack on Sinai mosque

King Salman. (SPA)
Updated 25 November 2017
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World leaders condemn deadly attack on Sinai mosque

Saudi Arabia's King Salman and other world leaders have expressed solidarity with Egypt following Friday's terrorist attack on a mosque in North Sinai, in which at least 235 people were killed and 109 injured on Friday.

Below are some of the statements issued:

• This terrorist act is incompatible with the Islamic religion and human values. Saudi Arabia, once again, reiterates its unflinching stand to provide Egypt with necessary assistance to combat terrorist acts.
— Saudi King Salman

• We condemn this terrorist act that targeted innocent lives.
— Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

• Our stand with Egypt is strong and such terrorist attacks will not deter us from fighting and beating terrorism.
— Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed

• Justice will be served against all those who participated, contributed, supported, funded, or instigated this cowardly attack.
— Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi

• The world cannot tolerate terrorism. We must defeat them militarily and discredit the extremist ideology that forms the basis of their existence.
— US President Donald Trump

• Appalled by the sickening attack. Condolences with all those in Egypt affected by this evil and cowardly act.
— British Premier Theresa May

• It is a terrifying crime which again shows that Islam is innocent of those who follow extremist terrorist ideology.
— Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit


Abadi faces US wrath at U-turn on Iran sanctions

An intended visit to Tehran was canceled and Abadi’s office denied that the visit had even been planned. (REUTERS)
Updated 15 August 2018
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Abadi faces US wrath at U-turn on Iran sanctions

  • Iran has maintained close ties to Iraq's government since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion toppled Saddam Hussein, Tehran's archenemy
  • The administration says the renewed sanctions are meant to pressure Tehran to halt its alleged support for international terrorism

BAGHDAD: Failure by Iraq to comply fully with tough new US economic sanctions against Iran would be insane, analysts told Arab News on Tuesday.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi risked incurring US wrath after contradicting himself in the space of a few hours over whether his country would comply.
Amid diplomatic maneuvers, as he negotiates for a second term in office after divisive and contested elections, Abadi offended both Tehran and Washington with conflicting statements on the US sanctions, which were reimposed last week.
First, the prime minister said that while Iraq disapproved of the new sanctions, it would reluctantly comply. “We don’t support the sanctions because they are a strategic error, but we will comply with them,” he said.
“Our economic situation is also difficult and we sympathize with Iran. But. at the same time, I will not make grand slogans that destroy my people and my country just to make certain people happy.”
His position provoked anger in Iran. An intended visit to Tehran on Tuesday to discuss the issue was canceled, and Abadi’s office denied that the visit had even been planned.
There was also criticism inside Iraq, especially from groups close to Tehran, such as the Asaib Ahl Al-Haq and Badr paramilitary movements.
Within hours, however, Abadi had reversed his position. “I did not say we abide by the sanctions, I said we abide by not using dollars in transactions. We have no other choice,” Abadi told a news conference in Baghdad.
Asked if Baghdad would stop imports of commodities, appliances and equipment by government companies from Iran, he said the matter was still being reviewed. “We honestly have not made any decision regarding this issue until now,” he said.
Michael Knights, the Lafer Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, told Arab News: “Iraq can’t afford to be cut off from the dollar-based global financial system, so it makes sense to avoid sanctioned Iranian financial entities. Iraq should also protect its dollar reserves.
“These are the only sane options for a country that desperately needs international investment.”
Iraq is the second-largest purchaser of Iranian non-oil exports, and bought about $6 billion worth of goods in 2017. It also buys Iranian-generated electricity to deal with chronic power cuts that have been a key factor sparking mass protests in recent weeks.
On Tuesday, the British renewable energy investor Quercus became the latest major company to pull out of Iran as a result of the new sanctions.
It halted construction of $570 million solar power plant in Iran, which would have been the sixth-largest in the world.