Germany says Iran package will not fully compensate for US sanctions

(L-R) Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, Finance Minister and Vice-Chancellor Olaf Scholz listen as German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivers a speech during a session on the budget at the Bundestag, the lower house of parliament, on July 4, 2018 in Berlin. (AFP)
Updated 06 July 2018
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Germany says Iran package will not fully compensate for US sanctions

VIENNA: Germany’s foreign minister said on Friday world powers would not be able to fully compensate for companies leaving Iran due to new US sanctions, but warned Tehran that abandoning its nuclear deal would cause more harm to its economy.
“We will not be able to compensate for everything that arises from companies pulling out of Iran,” Heiko Maas told reporters before a round of talks among the remaining parties to the deal.
He said he did not think this round of talks would end negatively but it was likely more negotiations would be needed on the issue.


Pakistan frees 2 Taliban members as US envoy visits region  

Head of the Taliban’s political office in Qatar Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanakzai,( middle), greeting other delegates during the multilateral peace talks on Afghanistan in Moscow, Russia, on Friday 09 November 2018. (Russian News agency, TASS)
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Pakistan frees 2 Taliban members as US envoy visits region  

ISLAMABAD: Taliban officials say Pakistan has released Abdul Samad Sani, a U.S.-designated terrorist who served as the Afghan Central Bank governor during the militants' rule, along with a lower-ranking commander named Salahuddin.

The Taliban members, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief media, say the two were released Monday.

The release could be linked to U.S. efforts to revive Afghan peace talks.

It came as U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad launched a second tour of the region, with stops in Pakistan, Afghanistan, the United Arab Emirates as well as Qatar, where the Taliban maintain a political office. The insurgents say they met Khalilzad in Qatar last month.

Khalilzad arrived in the region last Thursday and will return to Washington on Nov. 20.