Iran, Russia Plan to Sign Several Security Agreements

Iran and Russia plan to sign several agreements during the visit to Iran by Russian Minister of Internal Affairs Vladimir Alexandrovich Kolokoltsev to further boost the two countries' cooperation in security fields.   

Speaking to reporters after a meeting with Kolokoltsev here in Tehran today, Iranian Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar described cooperation between Iran and Russia in political, security, economic and social fields are "good and progressive".

He added that during the Russian minister's two day visit, development of the two countries' ties in trade, economy as well as security fields will be discussed,according to FNA.

"Also during the visit, Iran and Russia will sign security agreements on campaign against organized crimes, human trafficking, narcotics, illegal migration, cooperation and coordination for exchanging experience as well as cooperation between the two countries' police and adoption of new mechanism for improving security in the region," Mohammad Najjar said.

Last January, the two sides signed two agreements to bolster the two countries' security and anti-drug cooperation.

Tehran and Moscow had previously agreed to establish a joint intelligence team to exchange information and plan joint operations.

Also, in December 2010, Iran and Russia signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation in campaigning narcotics and drug-traffickers.



Turkish MP blasts foreign intervention in Syria

A Turkish Member of Parliament, known for his criticism of Erduğan’s government for selling Turkish lands to Israel says Syria, like Libya, had been victim of crisis by foreign countries’ ambitions to energy resources.”

Mehmet Ali Edib-oğlu, representative for Hatay, a strategic city in Turkish-Syrian border has been elected for Hatay seat in Turkish Parliament with high percent of votes from Alevis. Turkish nationalists and anti-Israelis know him for his role in uncovering selling of land to Israelis by Turkish government and his critiques of Erduğan administration.

In an interview to Mehr News Agency, Ediboğlu pointed to foreign interventions in Syria and said that energy-seeking attempts were interpreted as democracy in Syria, and foreign countries had targeted energy resources in Syria,according to MNA.

The member of Turkish Parliament Foreign Relations Commission also added that Syria has important energy reserves for future, and this had US and west try to find foot places in the country through government  change, just what had happened in Libya. “In Lybia, each invading country had its share of the Libyan oil, and clashes revealed that the main pretext has been oil, and not Gaddafi,” he asserted.

“In Iraq also the same approach was taken by invasion forces,” he said. “US and western countries under the banner of democracy seek to control energy resources in Middle East, and thus they change governments,” he added.

 “Democracy can solely be realized by the people themselves, and occupation and crisis would not help democracy in any country,” he said, “foreign interventions in the region has nothing but crisis and terrorism for Syria, the only solution is political solution,” he emphasized.


Jordan PM advocates Syria non-interference

Jordan believes removing or keeping the Syrian leadership is a matter for the Syrians.

In an interview with Russia Today television Monday, Prime Minister Abdulla Ensur also urged world powers to do everything in their power to have the crisis in Syria brought to a peaceful end.


Velayati Backs Syrian Government against Foreign Plots


Supreme Leader's Advisor for International Affairs Ali Akbar Velayati renewed Iran's support for the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and the  government as part of the resistance front against Israel in the Middle East,according to FNA.

"The main reason behind our focus on the Syrian issue is to prevent the fall of the resistance line against Israel. If the Syrian government falls the resistance line against "Israel" will break up," Velayati said on Sunday.

He warned against the foreign plots aimed at toppling the Syrian government, and reiterated that the fall of the government will be harmful to the anti-Israel resistance.

"Certain reactionary states like Qatar supplied terrorists [in Syria] with arms, and with the aim of overthrowing the Syrian government …recruited gunmen from Somalia and Afghanistan to commit massacres and this is an indication of foreign conspiracies," Velayati said.

Velayati underlined that nobody outside Syria is allowed to decide for the Syrian leadership to stay or to leave.


Occupation Forces Remove New Palestinian Protest Camp

The Israeli occupation forces early Monday morning removed a Palestinian protest encampment of four tents and a building under construction near a West Bank village, according to AFP

 In addition to demolishing the structures near the Palestinian village of Beit Iksa, on the northwestern outskirts of Al-Quds, "20 Palestinians at the site were evicted without incident," the sources added.

 Activists on Friday set up the encampment to protest against Israel's intention to confiscate at least 124 acres (50 hectares) of land near the village, naming the camp Bab Al-Karama, (Gate of Dignity).

 Bab Al-Karama was inspired by a separate Palestinian protest camp of 24 tents set up on a disputed piece of land on the eastern outskirts of Al-Quds that was dismantled by police last week.

 Activists had established that camp, which they dubbed Bab Al-Shams (Gate of the Sun), in a bid to draw attention to Israeli plans to build in the area, known as E1.