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Pompeo: Donald Trump want to meet Iran’s Rouhani at UNGA

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Pompeo: Donald Trump want to meet Iran’s Rouhani at UNGA

Amidst Iran’s allegations against US and its regional allies for supporting separatists involved in terror attack in Ahvaz two days ago, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says that President Donald Trump wants to hold talks with his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani during UN General Assembly being held in New York this week.

Pompeo, while talking to US based NBC network on Sunday, said, “I think the president’s been pretty clear about that. He’s happy to talk with folks at any time. If there’s a constructive dialogue to be had, let’s get after it.”

Meanwhile, US Ambassador to UN Nikki Haley has dismissed Iranian allegations that Washington and its allies were behind the deadly terror attack on the military parade in Ahvaz and said Tehran should look close to home.

Pompeo: Donald Trump want to meet Iran’s Rouhani at UNGANikki Haley told CNN’s State of the Union show, “He can blame us all he wants. The thing he’s got to do is look at the mirror.” She further said,  “He’s got the Iranian people are protesting, every ounce of money that goes into Iran goes into his military, he has oppressed his people for a long time and he needs to look at his own base to figure out where that’s coming from.”

Read More: Iran: Terrorists kill eight IRGC personnel, injure several others

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani had reiterated his allegations against US and its regional allies before leaving for the UN on Sunday. He was quoted saying, “America wants to cause chaos and unrest in our country so that it can return to this country, but these are unreal fantasies and they will never achieve their goals.”

Hassan RouhaniEarlier, Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi had dismissed as “ridiculous” claims attributed to US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani had asked for a meeting with Trump.

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has recently stressed that his country will not enter into new negotiations with US due to cheating and bullying nature of its government.

Read More: Iran Alleges US, Its Gulf Allies for Ahvaz Terror Attack

Saudi-backed al-Ahvazia terror group, which is based in Europe, has claimed responsibility for the assault.

Iran has so far summoned the ambassadors of the Netherlands, Denmark and British charge d’affairs over sheltering members of Al-Ahvazia terror group.

On Sunday, Iranian foreign ministry also summoned the UAE envoy in Tehran and protested against the provocative statements by an official in support of the Ahwaz attack.

However, UAE’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash has denied the Iranian allegations alluding to the involvement of the UAE in training gunmen that attacked the Ahvaz military parade.

He further said that the “formal incitement against UAE from within Iran is unfortunate, and has escalated after the Ahvaz attack”.

On Saturday, terrorists opened fire on people watching a military parade on the occasion of the beginning of the Sacred Defense Week, marking the beginning of war by Iraq’s dictator Saddam Hussein in 1980.

Twenty-five military personnel and civilians- including women and children were killed and 68 others were injured in the attack. Three of the four assailants involved in the attack were killed by the Iranian security forces.

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Sri Lankan Minister Douglas Devananda says statements on reclaiming Katchatheevu island from Sri Lanka have no ground

Devananda told the media on Thursday that it is not unusual to hear such claims and counterclaims about Katchatheevu as elections are taking place in India.

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Sri Lankan Minister Douglas Devananda has said the statements from some political leaders in India on reclaiming Katchatheevu from the island nation have no ground. He told the media on Thursday that it is not unusual to hear such claims and counterclaims about the strategic island as elections are taking place in India.

The Sri Lankan Minister said he thought India is acting on its interests to secure this place to ensure Sri Lankan fishermen would not have any access to that area and that Sri Lanka should not claim any rights in that resourceful area. According to the 1974 agreement, Devananda said Indian and Sri Lankan fishermen can go fishing in the territorial waters of both countries until the pact was reviewed and amended in 1976.

The amended agreement resulted in fishermen from both countries being barred from fishing in neighboring waters. India’s ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Thursday steered clear of the row surrounding Katchatheevu island. To a volley of questions on the Katchatheevu issue, MEA spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal reffered to External affairs Minister S Jaishankar’s recent comments on the matter.

He said he would like to talk about the issue that has been raised. He added the External Affairs minister has spoken to the press here in Delhi and also in Gujarat and has clarified all the issues. He said everyone should look into the press engagements and they would find the answers to their questions there.

The remarks from Devananda, a Sri Lankan Tamil, came days after the Narendra Modi government accused the Congress and its ally DMK in Tamil Nadu of overlooking national interests by handing over Katchatheevu island to Sri Lanka in 1974. The BJP has also been slamming the 2 parties for not ensuring the rights of the fishermen wanting to fish in waters around the island.

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US reiterates its call for fair, transparent, legal process for Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, speaks on Congress frozen accounts

The US spokesperson said that they are also aware of the Congress party’s allegations that tax authorities have frozen some of their bank accounts in a manner that will make it challenging to effectively campaign in the upcoming elections.

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A day after India summoned an US diplomat over their remarks on the arrest of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in the liquor policy case, the US reiterated its call for fair, transparent, timely legal processes on Wednesday.

Responding to questions on India summoning Gloria Berbena, the US Acting Deputy Chief of Mission in New Delhi, US State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller said that they will continue to follow these actions closely, including the arrest of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. Notably, the meeting at the foreign ministry’s South Block office lasted nearly 40 minutes yesterday with India objecting strongly to the US remarks on the arrest of Arvind Kejriwal.

Matthew Miller also responded to a question on the Congress party’s frozen bank accounts. The US spokesperson said that they are also aware of the Congress party’s allegations that tax authorities have frozen some of their bank accounts in a manner that will make it challenging to effectively campaign in the upcoming elections. He added that the US encourages fair, transparent and timely legal processes for each of the issues.

Arvind Kejriwal was arrested last week by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection to the Delhi liquor policy scam. Earlier, AAP leaders Manish Sisodia, Satyendar Jain and Sanjay Singh were arrested in the same case.

The External Affairs Ministry had earlier stated that states are expected to be respectful of the sovereignty and internal affairs of others, and this responsibility is even more so in case of fellow democracies, adding that it could otherwise end up setting unhealthy precedents.

The Ministry further emphasized that India’s legal processes are based on an independent judiciary which is committed to objective and timely outcomes. It mentioned that casting aspersions on India’s legal procedure is unwarranted.

The United State’s remarks followed days after Germany’s Foreign Office stressed that Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal is entitled to a fair and impartial trial. The Indian government labelled their remark as blatant interference in internal matters.

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5 Chinese nationals killed in suicide bomb attack in Pakistan

This is the third major attack on Chinese interests in Pakistan within a week.

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Nearly five Chinese nationals were killed in an explosion during an attack on their convoy by a suicide bomber in northwest Pakistan on Tuesday. Reportedly, the suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden vehicle into a convoy of Chinese engineers travelling from Islamabad to their camp in Dasu, situated in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

Regional police chief Mohammad Ali Gandapur said that five Chinese nationals and their Pakistani driver were killed in the attack. As yet, none has claimed responsibility for the attack. Bisham Station House Officer (SHO) Bakht Zahir asserted that the incident was a suicide blast and the authorities concerned were collecting the evidence.

The Station House Officer further added that security arrangements were tightened at the spot and the bodies were being shifted to a hospital. He added that they will investigate from where and how the vehicle of a suicide bomber came and how it happened. Notably, this is the third major attack on Chinese interests in Pakistan within a week.

Previously, two attacks hit an airbase and a strategic port in the southwest province of Balochistan where China is investing billions in infrastructure projects. Several Chinese engineers and Pakistani construction workers have for multiple years been working on hydroelectric projects as part of Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative in the western province of Khyber-Paktunkhwa.

Notably, Dasu is home to a significant dam project, has been a target of previous attacks. Earlier in 2021, the attack in Dasu resulted in the deaths of nine Chinese nationals, along with two Pakistani children. The incident occured when a bus carrying Chinese engineers and workers to the Dasu Hydropower Project site was targeted.

There was confusion surrounding the nature of the attack initially, with some reports suggesting it was a bus accident. Nonetheless, subsequent investigations revealed that it was indeed a terrorist attack. The bus was hit by a blast, leading it to plunge into a ravine.

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