Egyptian Association Supported Syria against Terrorism, Extremism

CAIRO,(ST)_ The delegation representing  the Association of victims of abductions in Egypt extended  a message of solidarity with Syria , stressing firm stand  with Syria and its people who are exposed to the worst forms of terrorism at the hands of enemies of humanity. The message was handed over to Syria's  charge de affairs in Cairo Infouan al-Naeb yesterday.

The association  founder and  human rights activist Abram Louis  stressed "the  Association sympathy and support to Syria and its people, whose  children, women and elderly have been  killed at the hands of the enemies of humanity , besides  the forced displacement of hundreds of families" .

"We pray for the people of Syria who face weapons of terror and violence in the name of religion , for the unity of the Syrian lands  and the holy places that  are violated every day, for the human heritage devastated by vandals and for the immediate release  the two bishops Paul Yazigi Bishop of Aleppo  for the Greek Orthodox  church Bishop and John Abraham of  Aleppo Syriac Orthodox church , "  the message read.

Egyptian thinker Kamal Zakher said  that what is happening in Syria is a war by Arab regimes and regional and international powers that want to find a place to control the region, adding  that  the true labeling to what is happening in the Arab region is the " Arabic fall " the price of which is paid by  Arab people 's  security and stability and that religion is used as a cover to create discord and strife among its people  to serve the enemies of the Arab nation.

For his part, human rights activist SharifRamzy said : "We carry a message of solidarity with the Syrian people, "pointing  out that the Association will convey  the true picture of what is happening in Syria and the correct image promoted by the misleading media of the  Gulf petrodollars.

The Syrian Charge de affairs in Cairo told  the delegation that Syria is fighting a war against terrorism, intending  to destroy Syria in implementation of Western and Zionist enemy  schemes, pointing out that Syria's  people , army and leadership  steadfastness will deter  terrorism and the forces of darkness .

"what unites the two brotherly peoples in Syria and Egypt of relations and links throughout  history is stronger than any decisions intended to create separation and estrangement between them, "  the Syrian diplomat said.
The  letter of solidarity with Syria  was signed by more than forty human  rights , political and media figures  from Egypt , the United States, Canada and Sweden.

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FM: Iran to Continue Nuclear Activities

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran will continue its nuclear enrichment program, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said after five days of marathon talks between Iran and the six world powers led to the endorsement of a deal early on Sunday,according to FNA.

“The (nuclear) program has been recognized and the Iranian people’s right to use the peaceful nuclear technology based on the NPT (Non-Proliferation Treaty) and as an inalienable right has been recognized and countries are necessitated not to create any obstacle on its way,” Zarif said in a press conference in Geneva on Saturday morning.

“The (nuclear) program will continue and all the sanctions and violations against the Iranian nation under the pretext of the nuclear program will be removed gradually,” he added.

He said the next six months will be a serious start towards “the full removal of all UN Security Council, unilateral and multilateral sanctions, while the country’s enrichment program will be maintained." "Production of 5-percent-enriched uranium will continue in the country similar the past,” Zarif continued.

“None of the enrichment centers will be closed and Fordo and Natanz will continue their work and the Arak heavy water program will continue in its present form and no material (enriched uranium stockpiles) will be taken out of the country and all the enriched materials will remain inside the country. The current sanctions will move towards decrease, no sanctions will be imposed and Iran’s financial resources will return,” he continued.

Stressing that Iran’s nuclear case is moving towards normalization, the Iranian top diplomat said, “An unnecessary crisis which was used by the ill-wishers is moving towards settlement with God’s help and the efforts of all the involved officials. The fire of conflicts in the region was prevented and the plots of the ill-wishers of the Iranian nation were foiled and they saw that they can’t prevent manifestation of the realities about the Iranian nation with lies, hues and cries and deception.”

“This is a great success that the attempts made by the Zionist regime’s leaders to misrepresent Iran’s peaceful nuclear program and the Iranian people’s face were foiled,” he said.

“We saw that a power which claimed that it can control the public opinion was empty,” Zarif said.

“I hope that we can reach the goals designed by the Supreme Leader (Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei) and constantly pursued by the Iranian nation with solidarity and sympathy and consensus," he said.

“It is an action plan in four pages, whose English version has no clause and has been regulated in three stages and its goals are within the framework of an introduction."

"Iran's enrichment program has been recognized both in the first step and in the goals section and in the final step as well,” Zarif said.

“The fact that all these pressures have failed to cease Iran's enrichment program is a very important success for the Iranian nation’s resistance,” he added.

He said the agreement includes practical assurances, and said "a joint commission of Iran and the Group 5+1 (the US, Russia, China, France and Britain plus Germany) responsible for supervising its implementation by both sides" is that assurance.

“This step will take six months and we haven't started it as a sectional move, rather we have started it as a long-term goal; and paving the ground for a complete removal of the problem through this first step is our goal.”

Noting that all the measures are reversible in the first step--the first six-month-period-- he said, “If we see any breach occurs in the commitments of the other side, and I hope that it will not happen, there will be a possibility for reversing (the actions). We are not in such a status to accept implementing the agreement unilaterally, if the other side doesn’t comply with its undertakings.”

“With open eyes and by fully protecting the people’s rights, if, God forbid, we come to this conclusion that the other side has misused the created opportunity, we will surely have other choices (to pick up),” Zarif underlined.

Iran and the G5+1 reached an agreement in Geneva on Sunday after five days of intense negotiatiions since Wednesday and holding several rounds of talks in the past few years.


Egypt expels Turkish ambassador

Egypt has told the Turkish ambassador to leave the country, a day after the Turkish leader called for ousted Morsi to be freed, according to BBC.

Relations with Ankara would be lowered to charge d'affaires, officials said.

Egypt's foreign ministry accused Erdogan of provocation and interfering in Egypt's internal affairs.

Egyptian activists and pro-government protesters demonstrate outside the Turkish embassy in Cairo (August 2013) Egyptians have held protests outside the Turkish embassy in Cairo

Egypt's Foreign Ministry spokesman Badr Abdelatty accused Erdogan of "interfering in Egypt's internal affairs".

A bitter row over the August crackdown led both countries to recall their ambassadors.

Turkey's ambassador to Cairo returned in September, but the Egyptian ambassador to Turkey was never reinstalled


No retreat in Iran 'nuclear rights' - Khamenei

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said he will not allow any "retreat" on its rights, ahead of a new round of talks with world powers on Tehran's nuclear programme.

"I insist on stabilizing the rights of the Iranian nation, including the nuclear rights," Khamenei told militiamen of the Basij force in Tehran, in remarks broadcast live on state television.

"I insist on not retreating one step from the rights of the Iranian nation," he added, according to Voice of Russia, AFP.



Iran Blames Zionist entity for Beirut Blasts

The Iranian Foreign Ministry condemned the terrorist bomb blasts in Beirut on Tuesday on "the Zionists and their mercenaries".

23 people were killed and 146 others were injured in twin bomb explosions outside the Iranian Embassy in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, on Tuesday.

A few hours later, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Marziyeh Afkham strongly condemned the attack as "an inhuman action", and said, "The Islamic Republic of Iran takes the Zionists and their mercenaries responsible for this action."

Afkham said since the attack targeted an area in the vicinity of the Iranian Embassy compound in Beirut, Tehran will pursue the incident.

The attack targeted just 10 meters away from Iranian embassy in Beirut’s Southern neighborhood of Jinah, inflicting much damage to the compound.

Early reports said the Iranian embassy staff in Beirut, Ebrahim Ansari, has been killed in the attack, but Afkham rejected the reports, stressing that the Iranian cultural attaché is still alive.

In similar remarks earlier today, Iran's Ambassador to Lebanon Qazanfar Roknabadi also said that Zionists have been behind the bombing.

Roknabadi said none of the embassy staffers has been harmed in the attack, but he confirmed the death of Ansari.

The main gate of the Iranian Embassy was blown out by the first explosion, and the second blast happened just meters away from the embassy.

A Lebanese government source said Ansari was entering the embassy as the blasts took place, adding that the Iranian official died of his wounds at a Beirut hospital.

Meanwhile, Lebanon’s caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati described the bombings as "a cowardly terrorist act".

Mikati was quoted by Lebanese NNA news agency as saying that the aim of the attacks was to "stir-up the situation in Lebanon".

"We have asked the security apparatuses to speed up the investigations to uncover and arrest the perpetrators."