E3 Tell UNSC Iran Sanctions Relief to Continue despite USEuropean signatories to 2015 Iran deal have told the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) that the sanctions relief provided by the world body for Tehran – agreed under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)– will continue beyond September 20 in outright rejection of assertions by the US that the bans will snap back then.
US Hopes to Name Qatar as Major Non-NATO Ally: OfficialThe United States hopes to move forward with naming Qatar as a major non-NATO ally, a status that provides foreign nations with some benefits in defense trade and security cooperation, a senior U.S. official said on Thursday.
Iran Complains to UN over Trump’s Military ThreatIran has complained to the United Nations over US President Donald Trump’s threat to use force against the Islamic Republic, warning that the Islamic Republic will not hesitate to exercise its right to self-defense in the face of any American military adventurism.
Trump Claims He wanted to Assassinate AssadUS President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he wanted to “take out” Syrian President Bashar Assad in 2017 but the then-Defense Secretary James Mattis deterred him. after previously denying an assassination was even discussed.
Qatar Hosts Intra-Afghan Peace TalksThe Qatari capital Doha hosted on Saturday talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban militant group, as part of efforts aimed at ending two decades of war in the country.
Iraqi government has an official visit by Turkey’s Defense Minister Hulusi Akar and summoned Ankara’s ambassador to Baghdad after a Turkish drone strike has killed two senior Iraqi commanders in the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region.
Alwaght- After a long talk about Mustafa Al-Kadhimi’s visit to the United States, according to the Iraqi Prime Minister’s Office, the Iraqi delegation will travel to Washington on August 18th, 2020. According to news sources, Mustafa Al-Kadhimi will meet with US President Donald Trump during this trip. Issues concerning various fields are also discussed between the political delegations of the two countries. Al-Kadhimi’s visit to the United States comes at a time when the important issue of the agreement on the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq has overshadowed the trip. The first round of strategic talks between Washington and Baghdad took place on June 10th and 11th, 2020 in Iraq, but in this round of talks, practically no results were achieved.
Alwaght- For the past two weeks, Baghdad has been plagued by diplomatic travel traffic. These busy two weeks began with the visit of an Iraqi political delegation led by Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi to the United States on August 18, 2020. Following Al-Kadhimi’s return from the United States, he left for the city of Amman on August 25, 2020, for a tripartite meeting with the political leaders of Jordan and Egypt. Simultaneously, the French Defense Minister set out for Iraq on August 26, 2020. Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan Al-Saud has also made his way to Baghdad on August 27, 2020.
On September 2, 2020, French President Emmanuel Macron arrived in Baghdad to meet with Iraqi officials. During this visit, Macron will meet with President Barham Salih, Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi, Speaker of Parliament Mohamed al-Halbousi,