Afrin highlights need to rebuild Arab national security, says Gargash

The UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs said the conflict in the Kurdish enclave in Syria known as Afrin highlights the need to rebuild the concept of Arab national security. (AP)
Updated 22 January 2018
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Afrin highlights need to rebuild Arab national security, says Gargash

The UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs said the conflict in the Kurdish enclave in Syria known as Afrin highlights the need to rebuild the concept of Arab national security.
Anwar Gargash tweeted: “The developments surrounding Afrin reaffirm the necessity of working to rebuild and restore the concept of Arab national security on a realistic and contemporary basis. Without that, the Arabs will be marginalized.”
Turkish ground troops entered Syria on Sunday as part of an operation called “Olive Branch” to push an offensive against Kurdish militia as rocket fire hit a border town in apparent retaliation.
Turkey is looking to oust from the Afrin region of northern Syria, the Peoples’ Protection Units (YPG), which Ankara considers a terror group.


Berlin backs Macron’s Iran plan

In our view this agreement should be maintained, Merkel said. (AFP)
Updated 9 min 36 sec ago
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Berlin backs Macron’s Iran plan

  • Merkel will discuss Iran with Trump on a visit on Friday
  • Macron acknowledged that he does not know what Trump will decide

BERLIN, PARIS: Proposals presented by French President Emmanuel Macron on Iran’s nuclear deal are based on the existing international agreement but would add some new elements, a senior German official said on Thursday.

Speaking before Chancellor Angela Merkel heads to Washington for talks with US President Donald Trump, the official said: “The premise of Macron’s proposal is that the agreement remains in its existing form and additional elements come on top.” The official added: “In our view this agreement should be maintained.”

Trump has said he is not happy with the 2015 accord and may pull out of it. 

Iran’s President Hasan Rouhani insisted the deal cannot be changed or built on. 

The plan announced during Macron’s trip is part of European efforts to persuade Trump not to abandon the accord next month.

Merkel will discuss Iran with Trump on a visit on Friday.

The French president has meanwhile defended discussions with Trump for a new plan to curb Iranian nuclear weapons. Speaking to reporters before leaving Washington on Wednesday night, Macron said the new four-pronged agreement would be a “very important complement” to the existing 2015 accord.

Macron insisted on the importance of talking to all sides, including Iran ally Russia, and said the world should not force anything on Iran. He acknowledged that he does not know what Trump will decide.