UK calls on Iran not to threaten regional security

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei stands as army air force and air defense staff salute at the start of their meeting in Tehran, Iran, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018. (AP)
Updated 08 February 2018
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UK calls on Iran not to threaten regional security

PARIS: Britain on Thursday said Iran must avoid actions that threaten regional security.
Alistair Burt, the Minister for the Middle East, said the UK was working with its partners to tackle US concerns over the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and major powers, Reuters reported.
“We and our European partners are absolutely clear. We want the deal to succeed,” Burt told a Euromoney Iran conference in Paris.
“We don’t want to see the JCPOA (deal with Iran) go down and are working with our European partners to mitigate concerns the United States may have to ensure it continues.
Donald Trump has threatened to pull out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action by May if certain aspects of the deal are not made tougher.
The US is concerned that Tehran continues to develop its ballistic missiles despite the deal aimed at curbing Iran’s ability to produce a nuclear weapon.
Arab Gulf countries have welcomed the US president’s tougher approach to the deal and say that since 2015, Iran has accelerated its aggressive policies in the region, particularly in Yemen, Lebanon and Syria.
Iran insisted on Thursday there was no link between its role in the Middle East region and the nuclear deal.
“We have always fought against terrorism. Iran has always played a key role in bringing stability and peace to the region,” Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi told Reuters at the economy conference in Paris.


US to hold economic conference in Bahrain to encourage investment in Palestinian areas

Updated 7 min 8 sec ago
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US to hold economic conference in Bahrain to encourage investment in Palestinian areas

  • "Peace to Prosperity" conference will be held from June 25-26
  • The conference will bring together government and business leaders

WASHINGTON: The US is to hold an international economic workshop in Bahrain in late June to encourage investment in Palestinian areas as the first part of its Middle East peace plan, according to a White House statement.

The "Peace to Prosperity" conference, which will be held from June 25-26, is intended to "galvanize support for potential economic investments" that could be made possible by a Middle East peace agreement, the statement added.

The conference will bring together government and business leaders to help "jump-start the economic portion of the US peace initiative," the White House statement said.

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