Yemeni society will be completely changed by Iranian influence and Houthi ideology, the British ambassador to Yemen has warned.
Head of Lebanon’s Progressive Socialist Party Walid Jumblatt lamented on Monday that the country has fallen under Iran’s “hegemony”.
Bilateral relations and new chances for collaboration were on the agenda as Azerbaijan’s president received Iran’s foreign minister in the capital Baku on Monday.
A senior figure in the terror group Palestinian Islamic Jihad said the organization received “direct orders” from the late Iranian Quds force commander Qassem Soleimani up until his assassination in a US airstrike last year, and that rockets supplied by the Iranians were used to attack Israel.
Progressive Socialist Party leader ex-MP Walid Jumblat said Lebanon is under “Iranian tutelage”, and that the formation of a government is delayed because the Free Patriotic Movement and Hizbullah did not receive the green light yet, al-Anbaa electronic magazine reported.
Piles of plush carpets line the floors of a northern Iraq shopping center hosting traders from neighboring Iran who hope the spangle of their ornate handicrafts might offer a lifeline out of poverty.
Iran is seeking increased trade ties with Kenya through a common innovation centre that will provide a platform for exchange of ideas.
Iraq announced two deals with countries that Iran hopes can be gradually moved further into its sphere of influence. One of the two, Lebanon, is already seen by Tehran as a key player in the Shia crescent of power that it has been meticulously developing for years – as a counterpoint to the U.S.’s own sphere of influence centred on Saudi Arabia – that stretches from Syria and Lebanon through Iraq and Iran and then south into Yemen.
Only a few years ago, Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) were considered an ally of the US-led international coalition fighting the terrorists of Daesh, who were at that time close to toppling the Iraqi government after occupying almost a third of the country.
Headed by Vice President for Science and Technology, Sourena Sattari, the delegation will hold bilateral meetings and set up a special exhibition of knowledge-based products, ISNA reported on Monday.
Iranian-backed forces are exerting pressure on Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi to stop him linking Baghdad’s electricity grid with that of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) grid, a local official has said.