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Iran-Iraq ties

The Leader of Iran’s Islamic Revolution says anything that may undermine Iran’s security will inevitably affect Iraq as well. Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei calls on Baghdad to exercise greater authority over its territories, including the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region. Ayatollah Khamenei made the remarks while meeting with visiting Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed al-Sudani. Responding to Sudani’s pledge that he would not allow the Iraqi territory to be used to undermine Iran's security, the leader said that unfortunately, this is currently happening in some parts of Iraq. Ayatollah Khamenei noted that the Islamic Republic will confront any party intending to disrupt the security of the Arab nation. Earlier, Iranian President Ebrahim Raeisi also met with the Iraqi Prime minister, with both agreeing on the significance of the fight on terror and any other source of regional insecurity. Raeisi stressed that foreign interference will not bring security and stability to the region.

Israel attacks on Syria

Syria slams the UN Security Council’s silence on Israel’s occupation of the Golan Heights. Damascus says the Council’s inaction encourages the regime to escalate its attacks on Syrian territories. Syria’s envoy to the UN says the Council’s regular sessions on Syria are of no use unless they deal with issues like the Israeli occupation and the illegal US military presence in the country. Al-Hakam Dandi says US forces continue to plunder Syria’s resources of oil and wheat. He called on Western countries to stop politicizing the humanitarian work in Syria and instead support the country’s recovery projects.

US-Russia arms control talks

Russia says the US is to blame for the postponement of key arms control talks under New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, known as START, as tensions go up over the war in Ukraine. The Kremlin says Washington’s toxicity and animosity toward Russia have blocked resumption of inspections under New START. The Russian foreign ministry says talking about transparency and predictability is impossible in the military sphere with Washington as long as the White House supports the Ukrainian military in the war. The New START took effect in 2011. It caps the number of strategic nuclear weapons the United States and Russia can deploy. Moscow said in August it was suspending US inspections of its military sites under the treaty. Russia said it was responding to Washington’s obstruction of Russian inspections. The Kremlin has said, however, that it remains committed to compliance with the provisions of New START.

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