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Anti-Iran sanctions

Iran’s foreign minister has slammed the US for imposing new sanctions on his country, vowing to retaliate against any such measures. Amir-Abdollahian said Tehran will respond in kind to the new curbs. He added that the US is seeking negotiations with Iran, but at the same time continuing with the policies of its former President Donald Trump. Amir-Abdollahian underlined that the US sanctions, especially the most recent ones, have no impact on the Iranian nation. He, however, said the new measures show Washington is pursuing a hypocritical approach in its foreign policy. The top diplomat further slammed the European signatories to the 2015 deal for issuing an anti-Tehran resolution during the recent meeting of the IAEA board of governors, saying they are seeking to exercise false pressure on the Islamic Republic.

Yemen-Saudi peace talks

Representatives of Yemen’s Ansarullah movement and a mediation team from Oman are in Saudi Arabia to negotiate a permanent ceasefire to end the war in the impoverished Arab country. Ansarullah’s top negotiator says humanitarian issues will be the focus of negotiations with Saudi authorities. Abdul Salam expressed hope that negotiations with Saudi authorities will pave the way for an end to years of instability in war-ravaged Yemen. Riyadh, along with some of its regional allies, launched a devastating war on Yemen back in 2015. The war led to the killing of tens of thousands of Yemenis and the displacement of millions of others. The country has been under an all-out blockade imposed by Saudi Arabia. The UN has already described the situation in Yemen as the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. 

France woes in Africa

Burkina Faso's foreign ministry expels the French embassy's military attaché over what it calls subversive activities. This is the latest anti-France move by its former colonies in Africa’s Sahel region. The ministry says the attaché and his team have two weeks to leave the county. Burkina Faso is also closing the French military mission there. Several French media outlets have also been suspended in the country over the past months. Similarly, in neighboring Niger, anti-French sentiment is still strong. Now, French President Emmanuel Macron is accusing Nigerian military rulers of taking the French ambassador hostage. 

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