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  • Zarif, Kerry named winners of Chatham House Prize 2016

    The Chatham House Prize is presented annually to the person, persons or organization deemed by members of the Royal Institute of International Affairs to have made the most significant contribution to the improvement of international relations in the previous year.

    Chatham said that this year, members voted for John Kerry and Mohammad Javad Zarif in recognition of their crucial roles, throughout 2015, in successfully negotiating the historic nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1 � considered to be one of the most intractable diplomatic stand-offs in international affairs in the 21st century.

    The deal was one that many thought impossible. Overcoming enormous technical complexity, entrenched domestic opposition in the United States and Iran and three decades of intense hostility between their two countries, Kerry and Zarif’s leadership and commitment, in particular, were imperative to sustaining and driving the negotiations to their successful conclusion.

    With the vital participation of officials from other permanent members of the UN Security Council, Germany and the EU, they secured a deal, endorsed by the UN Security Council and more than 90 countries, which was a victory for diplomacy as well as against nuclear proliferation, Chatham said in a statement.

    Source: Islamic Republic News Agency – IRNA

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  • Over 30 Turkish diplomats, families seek asylum in Germany

    Nearly three dozen Turkish diplomats and family members have claimed asylum in Germany over alleged affiliation to the network of US-based opposition leader Fethullah Gulen, whom the government in Ankara claims to have masterminded the failed July 15 c…

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  • Saudi Military Bases Under Yemeni Fire in Najran

    Ballistic missiles launched by Yemeni forces have destroyed a Saudi national guard barracks and severely damaged a military base in the kingdom’s region of Najran.The retaliatory attack was launched with the support fighters of the Yemeni Houthi Ansaru…

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  • Iraq Denies Turkish Involvement in Mosul Liberation Operation

    Iraq’s joint operations command on Monday denied Turkey was participating in military operations to retake the northern city of Mosul from the Islamic State group.Turkey announced later that in the liberation of Bashiqa, biggest town in Northeastern Mo…

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  • Church Bells Peal in Town Retaken by Iraqi Troops from ISIS

    The din of bullets, mortars and bombs in the northern Iraqi town of Bartella was replaced momentarily on Friday by a sound not heard there for more than two years: the peal of church bells.A cautious calm returned to this historic Christian area follow…

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  • ISIS Forcing Deir Ezzur Residents to Go to Mosul Battlefield

    The ISIL terrorist group arrested, at least, 200 residents of Deir Ezzur city in Eastern Syria and sent them to Mosul in Northern Iraq to help the terrorists resist against the large-scale operation of the Iraqi Army troops and popular forces.The ISIL …

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