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IRAN/ CHINA – IR Iran-China relations are strategic: SNSC deputy secretary

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IR Iran-China relations are strategic: SNSC deputy secretary

Beijing, Jan 20, IRNA — Islamic Republic of Iran has large-scale relations with China which include strategic ties, deputy secretary for the foreign policy and international affairs of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Baqeri said on Friday.

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He made the remarks in an interview with IRNA after discussing the latest regional and international developments with Chinese Foreign Ministry undersecretary for international affairs.


‘Iran and China relations are not limited to bilateral relations between the two countries and it involves strategic cooperation on regional and international issues,’ the official added.


Baqeri called his meetings with Russian and Chinese officials as positive, adding that both Moscow and Beijing are against policies which could raise tensions.


‘China has respect for Iran’s productive steps and praises Tehran’s desire for constructive talks with other parts of the issue; Tehran and Beijing would continue talks till Iran and G5+1 resume talks,’ he continued.


Deputy Secretary for foreign policy and international affairs of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council is to leave Beijing for Tehran on Saturday morning.


Baqeri arrived in the Chinese capital Beijing on Friday evening local time.


Deputy Secretary for the foreign policy and international affairs of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council is scheduled to meet with a group of Chinese university professors, scholars, and lawmakers at the venue of Iranian Embassy in Beijing on Thursday night.


Iranian diplomat visited Moscow before departing for China. He met with Russian officials, including Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and discussed the resumption of talks between Iran and the 5+1 Group.


Iran and the 5+1 Group (Britain, China, France, Russia, and the United States plus Germany) held two rounds of multifaceted talks in Geneva in December 2010 and in the Turkish city of Istanbul in January 2011.


Commenting on the achievements of his visit to Moscow and meeting with Russian high-ranking officials, the diplomat said that he visited Moscow upon an invitation by the Russian Foreign Ministry and in view of the fact that the next round of talks between Iran and 5+1 Group is imminent.


Parts of our talks with the Russian diplomats were about studying the latest developments pertaining to political aspects of Iran’s peaceful nuclear programs in international arena,” he added.


Washington and its Western allies accuse Iran of trying to develop nuclear weapons under the guise of a civilian nuclear program, while they have never presented any compelling evidence to substantiate their allegations. Iran denies the charges and insists that its nuclear program is merely for peaceful purposes.


Tehran stresses that the country has always pursued a civilian path to provide electrical power to the rising Iranian population, whose fossil fuel would eventually run dry.


Despite the rules enshrined in the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) entitling every member state, including Iran, to the right of uranium enrichment, Tehran is now under four rounds of UN Security Council’s sanctions for turning down West’s calls to give up its right of uranium enrichment.


Tehran has dismissed the West’s demands as politically-motivated and illogical, stressing those sanctions and pressures merely consolidate Iranians’ national resolve to continue the path.



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PAKISTAN – No place for dictators in Pakistan: Gilani

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No place for dictators in Pakistan: Gilani

Islamabad, Jan 20, IRNA – Pakistani Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani said here on Friday that dictators have failed to eradicate corruption from the country despite holding powers for years.

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Speaking to the media at a university in Lahore, the Prime Minister said every institution must work within the ambit of the Constitution.


‘We have strengthened the state organs by restoring the Constitution and my appearance before the court reflects that we respect judiciary,’ he said.


In response to a question, Gilani said that there is no confrontation between the government and judiciary and his appearance in the Supreme Court reflects his respect for the judiciary.


The premier said that it is the job of the opposition to criticise the government and the people should let them fulfill their duty. He asked what the opposition did when they were in power.


The premier said that the government’s duty is to follow the mandate of the people.


He said that the Pakistan Peoples Party-led government respects the judiciary and strives to maintain equilibrium in all the institutions.


In a response to a question regarding the November 28 NATO attack on Pakistani check post, Gilani said that the government has taken stern actions against the attack.


‘We got the US forces vacate the Shamsi Base, boycotted the Bonn Conference and blocked Nato supplies through Pakistani routes,’ he said. ‘We did this because we are not accountable to any other country.’


Gilani said the government will cope with the energy crisis within six months.


In reply to a question, he said that ‘I am the longest serving democratically elected Prime Minister of Pakistan and I will continue to serve the nation according to the mandate given by it.


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PAKISTAN – Pakistan-US ties still on hold: Pakistan’s FM

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Pakistan-US ties still on hold: Pakistan’s FM

Islamabad, Jan 20, IRNA — Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar has said that relations between US and Pakistan are still on hold.

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In an interview with western media, she said that Washington should not push Islamabad to go after militant groups, including the Haqqani network or bring them to a negotiating table on Afghan peace process.


Pakistan and the US have an uneasy relationship for decades, but the US military uncoordinated and unilateral raid to kill Osama bin Laden in Abbotabad sparked anger in both countries.


The relationship further deteriorated after a deadly NATO attack on Pakistani military checkpoints killed 24 Pakistani soldiers in November, 2011.


Pakistan soon after the attack shut the supply line for foreign forces in Afghanistan.


‘I would say the ties are conveniently on hold until we start re-engaging,’ said Hina Rabbani Khar.


‘‘Push is never wise. I think that every country must be allowed to develop their own strategy and their own timing,’ said the foreign minister.


In a recent development, Pakistan had asked the United States not to send its envoy who wanted to include Islamabad in his trip to the region and some Middle Eastern countries.


Pakistani public has thrown its support behind the leadership in its changed mode towards the US and its Western allies and many analysts have suggested to the government to reject US aid and adopt policy of self-reliance.


In every public opinion surveys either conducted in the US or Pakistan, majority does not like the US and its policy towards Pakistan and the Muslims.


Pakistan argues that the United States needs to be patient and gain a greater understanding of the region’s complexities before acting, and that pressure would only hurt efforts to pacify Afghanistan.


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