Shortly before a scheduled visit to Cairo, the President of Lebanon, Michel Aoun was speaking in an interview with Al-Ahram news agency. He was asked about the country’s relations with Iran and Turkey. He said: “These countries must maintain special relations because there are many mutual interests.”
He was then asked whether he would have his country serve as a “bridge for a Gulf-Iranian or Arab-Iranian understanding”. President Aoun replied: “Why not? Trying is better (than doing nothing) as at least there is the honor of trying.”
The new US President and his administration have made no secret about its opinions of Iran’s clerical regime and the Iran nuclear deal that was signed during President Obama’s time in office.
James Mattis, the US Secretary of Defense, said that Iran spreads and sponsors terrorism across the region and further and the White House declared that military action is still on the table when it comes to confronting Iran’s aggressiveness.
Several new rounds of talks are due to take place in Geneva and Astana as the Syrian civil war approaches the end of its sixth year.
Last month, talks were held in Astana between Turkey, Russia, Iran and Syria. The upcoming talks are expected to build on what has already been discussed. The foreign ministry of Kazakhstan said that US officials and the UN envoy Staffan de Mistura have been invited to attend. Talks will begin tomorrow.
Of the news reports that gained attention in 2016, many turned out to be marred with false information. This is a major threat to the dissemination of true information to U.S. citizens.
Much of it “lies in the existence of suspicious figures sent by foreign countries for the purposes of espionage and influence over U.S. foreign policy,” says Col. Wes Martin (US), former Anti-terrorism/Force Protection Officer of all Coalition forces in Iraq. He writes in his February 12 article for The Hill that “Iran is a prime example.”
“As an Iranian American I am grateful that the Obama administration helped relocate 3,000 of my friends and colleagues, members of the principal Iranian opposition movement, the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK), out of Camp Liberty, Iraq. But I am very critical of its utter weakness in dealing with the Islamic Republic,” says Amir H. Heidarian, president of the Iranian American Community of Wisconsin.
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