US envoy calls for emergency UN session on Iran

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaks about protests in Iran (AFP)
Updated 03 January 2018
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US envoy calls for emergency UN session on Iran

UNITED NATIONS: US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Tuesday that Washington would seek an emergency meeting of the Security Council on the protests in Iran.
“The UN must speak out in the days ahead, we will be calling for an emergency session,” she said. “The people of Iran are crying out for freedom.”
Haley praised the courage of Iranian demonstrators and said protests across the country were spontaneous, not driven by outside forces.
After she read out social media posts written by Iranians in support of the protests, Haley dismissed Iranian leaders’ contention that the protests were designed by Iran’s enemies.
“We all know that’s complete nonsense,” she said. “The demonstrations are completely spontaneous. They are virtually in every city in Iran. This is the precise picture of a long oppressed peoples rising up against their dictators.”
Iranians have entered a sixth day of protests as the death toll rises to at least 22. More than 450 people have been arrested so far and Iran’s Revolutionary Court in Tehran has stated that they will sentence anyone who demonstrates from today as enemies of the state.


Erdogan: KSA took ‘important step’ in revealing Khashoggi’s killing, but more answers needed

Updated 23 October 2018
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Erdogan: KSA took ‘important step’ in revealing Khashoggi’s killing, but more answers needed

  • The Turkish president expressed desire to conduct a joint investigation with the Saudis
  • Erdogan said he does not doubt King Salman’s sincerity in the matter

DUBAI: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gave a speech to parliament on Tuesday regarding the Turkish account of the case of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, saying that he does not doubt King Salman’s sincerity in the matter.
Erdogan said that the Turkish authorities couldn’t initially go into the Saudi consulate due to diplomatic immunity, and suggested that Khashoggi’s killing was premeditated and planned.
The Turkish president expressed desire to conduct a joint investigation with the Saudis, adding that they will continue trying to find facts.
Erdogan said that the Saudi authorities took an important step in revealing the crime happened, and that now they should reveal the names of those involved, suggesting that the 18 defendants be tried in Turkey.

(Developing)