Palestinians in Talks With EU Over UN Statehood Resolution


Palestinian officials are holding intense negotiations with representatives from the European Union (EU) in a bid to reach an agreement over a UN resolution on Palestinian statehood.

Palestinian envoy to the UN Riyad Mansour said Sunday that the talks are underway with European countries – in particular France, Britain and Germany -- over a Paris-spearheaded bid, which is to be presented to the UN Security Council.  

Tehran: Washington Support for Terrorism Contrasts de Mistura Initiative

TEHRAN, (ST)-  Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hussein Amir Abdul Lahyan criticized  the role played by the  US administration and its allies in the region in  arming  and training  the so-called "moderate opposition" in Syria.

During a meeting in Tehran yesterday, with the UN  assistant envoy to Syria Ramzi  Ezzedine Ramzi , Lahyan explained that  at a time when the UN envoy to Syria Stefan de Mistura  seeks to implement  his initiative to freeze fighting in the city of Aleppo,  ongoing arming and training of so-called “moderate opposition “ by some Western and Arab countries contrast with this initiative, "calling on the UN to   declare officially its opposition to such acts.

Iraq Winning Fight Against ISIL, Says al-Jaafari

Iraq's Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari said that his country is winning its ongoing battle against the ISIL militants, as proven by the Iraqi army’s recent gains in different areas.

"The Iraqi army will win the battle against the ISIL, because it is defending a just cause and it is supported by the nation, government and religious authorities and this is shown by the recent liberation of regions previously held by the ISIL, including Jurf al-Sakhar, Baijietc," Jaafari said in an interview with press T.V on Wednesday.

IAEA Should Act Professionally, Impartially, Says Najafi

Tehran – Iran's Ambassador and Permanent Representative in International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Reza Najafi underlined that the agency should act professionally and impartially. 

He also criticized IAEA's 'unofficial' refusal of Tehran's proposal to inspect the alleged site of Marivan.

Najafi told IRNA on Thursday evening, the agency has apparently sent an email to Reuters News Agency to refuse Iran's proposal to visit alleged site of Marivan.

ISIL Enjoys Support From US, Zionist Regime, Says Kosari

Tehran – Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) enjoys support from US, Zionist regime and certain regional states, senior MP said on Thursday, according to IRNA.

Speaking in a local ceremony, Deputy Chairman of Parliament's National Security Commission Ismail Kosari noted that ISIL has been created to sow discord among Muslims.