UAE’s newly elected ruler sees Iran, Islamists as threat to Gulf safe haven

DUBAI, UAE – United Arab Emirates strongman Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, who was formally elected president on Saturday, May 14, led a realignment of the Middle East that created a new anti-Iran axis with Israel and fought a rising tide of political Islam in the region. Working behind the scenes for years as de … Read more

Israel’s US, Arab partners close ranks on Iran and urge Palestine talks

Israel says the event would be repeated and expanded as it builds up commercial and security ties with like-minded Sunni Arab states SDE BOKER, Israel – The top diplomats of the United States and four Arab countries convened in Israel on Monday, March 28, in a display of unity against Iran but also used the … Read more

External factors force pause in Iran nuclear talks, EU says

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov unexpectedly demands sweeping guarantees that Russian trade with Iran would not be affected by sanctions imposed on Moscow over its invasion of Ukraine – a demand for Western powers say is unacceptable VIENNA, Austria – Iran and world powers on Friday, March 11, paused negotiations on reviving a 2015 nuclear … Read more

Iran pressures US as Russia obstacle threatens nuclear talks

Talks to restore a 2015 nuclear deal have stalled when Moscow demanded written guarantees from the United States that Western sanctions against Moscow over its invasion of Ukraine would not affect its trade with Iran Iran raised the stakes in nuclear talks with world powers on Thursday, March 10, saying the United States had to … Read more

Russia’s demand for US guarantees may harm nuclear talks, Iran official says

‘It’s impossible to segregate the two crises for much longer,’ says Ali Vaez, Iran Project Director at the International Crisis Group VIENNA, Austria – Russia’s demand for written US guarantees that sanctions on Moscow would not damage Russian cooperation with Iran is “not constructive” for talks between Tehran and global powers to revive a 2015 … Read more