US support for terrorism
The Iranian president says the US should be held accountable for supporting the Daesh terror group as well as new forms of terrorism. In a phone conversation with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, Ebrahim Raeisi stated that Daesh was created and is backed by Washington. Raeisi decried the policy adopted by some countries that categorize terrorism into good and bad. He added that Iran condemns terror in any shape or form and makes no distinction between terrorist groups. The Iranian president further underlined that the United States and NATO’s policy of military intervention in Afghanistan was a failure. He stressed that everyone should help establish an all-inclusive government in Kabul which brings together all Afghan groups. Macron in turn said his country stands ready to open a new chapter in its relations with Iran.
Agreed goal of Vienna talks
Russia says the agreed goal of Vienna talks to revive the 2015 Iran nuclear deal is removing anti-Tehran sanctions. In a tweet, Russia’s Permanent Representative to the International Organizations in Vienna Mikhail Ulyanov said all participants in the negotiations agree that the talks are aimed at restoring the original accord. He added that a possible restoration would include full implementation of the signatories’ commitments under the deal. He was reacting to Iranian President Ebrahim Raeisi who said the plan for and the goal of the talks must be the removal of sanctions against his country.
Guinea President "overthrown"
Special Forces soldiers have overthrown Guinea's long-serving President Alpha Conde saying they have dissolved the country’s government and constitution. Elite army units’ head, Mamady Doumbouya, said poverty and endemic corruption had driven his forces to remove Conde from office. Doumbouya said on state television that his forces have closed the country’s land and air borders. The junta also announced a nationwide curfew until further notice as well as the replacement of governors by the military. Meanwhile, the African Union has condemned the military takeover in Guinea, demanding immediate liberation of the president. Conde’s whereabouts are not known. He won a third term in October after changing the constitution to allow him to stand again. That led to violent protests spearheaded by the opposition.