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’ but more answers needed

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gave a speech to parliament on Tuesday regarding the Turkish account of the case of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. (File/AFP)
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Erdogan: KSA took ‘important step’ 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

JEDDAH: Jamal Khashoggi’s killers should go on trial in Turkey, the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday.
The Saudi authorities’ declaration last week that Khashoggi had been murdered was “an important step,” Erdogan said, and the investigation would continue until the full facts were known.
“Personally, I do not doubt the sincerity of King Salman,” he said. “It is very important for such a critical investigation to be carried out by objective, fair teams.”
Erdogan said the murder at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul appeared to have been planned, and he expected Saudi Arabia “to uncover all those responsible for this matter from top to bottom and make them face the necessary punishments before the law.”
He added: “We will of course investigate this murder within our borders and do everything necessary. The fact that Jamal Khashoggi was an internationally renowned journalist puts an international responsibility on us.”
Later, Erdogan called the Khashoggi family in Saudi Arabia to offer his condolences.