China to host Iran in a summit aimed at cooperation

BEIJING (Reuters) - China will host Iranian President Hassan Rouhani next month at a regional summit aimed at avoiding disruption of joint projects, its foreign ministry said on Monday, as major powers scramble to save Iran's nuclear deal after the United States pulled out. Rouhani will pay a working visit to

Iran rejects U.S. demands to curb its influence in the Middle East

The chief of staff of Iran’s armed forces dismissed US demands for Tehran to curb its influence in the region (Reuters) LONDON: The chief of staff of Iran’s armed forces dismissed on Wednesday US demands for Tehran to curb its influence in the region, and said it would not seek

Iran not impressed by EU efforts to save deal

By Middle East Affairs European efforts not enough to save deal after U.S.'s departure says Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, who spent two days in meetings with visiting EU Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Canete in Tehran. “The cascade of decisions by EU companies to end their activities in Iran makes things much more

Arab unity needed for U.S.’s anti-Iran coalition to succeed, Mideast expert

By Reuters A coalition is a way to go because history has shown that unilateral actions were less successful in standing against Iran's destabilizing behavior, says Dr. Majid Rafizadeh. Oubai Shahbandar, a Syrian-American analyst, says countering Iran's network will require a great unity of effort among all the Arab states. JEDDAH:

EU proposes direct transfers to Iran after U.S.’s new sanctions

By Reuters BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission is proposing that EU governments make direct money transfers to Iran's central bank to avoid U.S. penalties, an EU official said, in what would be the most forthright challenge to Washington's newly reimposed sanctions. The step, which would seek to bypass the U.S. financial