Tag Archives: minister

UPDATE 1-Saudi minister says Iran's actions are unacceptable

UPDATE 1-Saudi minister says Iran's actions are unacceptableSaudi Arabia’s minister of state for foreign affairs on Sunday condemned Iran’s seizure of a British flagged tanker in the Strait of Hormuz and urged the international community to take action to deter such “unacceptable” behaviour. “Any attack on the freedom of navigation is a violation of international law,” Adel Aljubeir said in a Twitter post. “Iran must realise its acts of intercepting ships, including most recently the British ship, are completely unacceptable.



Yahoo News – Latest News & Headlines

UK considering options over seized ship: minister

UK considering options over seized ship: ministerLondon was considering several options in response to Iran’s seizure of a British-flagged tanker, junior defence minister Tobias Ellwood said Sunday. Britain has said its priority is to de-escalate tensions with Iran in the Gulf, and has called for the release of the Stena Impero oil tanker which was seized Friday in what Britain said was an illegal move in Omani waters. “We are going to be looking at a series of options,” Ellwood told Sky News television.



Yahoo News – Latest News & Headlines

Swedish prime minister warns Donald Trump he cannot influence ASAP Rocky judicial process

Swedish prime minister warns Donald Trump he cannot influence ASAP Rocky judicial processThe Swedish prime minister has disputed Donald Trump’s claim over the treatment of a detained American rapper following a phone call between the two leaders.  Platinum-selling artist A$ AP Rocky was arrested in Sweden in early July on suspicion of assault following a street brawl. Mr Trump tweeted on Saturday that he had spoken to Prime Minister Stefan Lofven offering to personally vouch for his bail. Mr Trump said the Swedish PM assured him that the rapper would be treated fairly. “Just had a very good call with @SwedishPM Stefan Löfven who assured me that American citizen A$ AP Rocky will be treated fairly," Mr Trump said in a post on Twitter. "Likewise, I assured him that A$ AP was not a flight risk and offered to personally vouch for his bail, or an alternative… Our teams will be talking further, and we agreed to speak again in the next 48 hours!" Just had a very good call with @SwedishPM Stefan Löfven who assured me that American citizen A$ AP Rocky will be treated fairly. Likewise, I assured him that A$ AP was not a flight risk and offered to personally vouch for his bail, or an alternative….— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 20, 2019 But a spokesperson for the Swedish leader has maintained Mr Lofven told Mr Trump the government cannot influence the judicial process. The spokesperson said: “It was a friendly and respectful phone call which lasted about 20 minutes. The Prime Minister made sure to point out that the Swedish judicial system, prosecutors and courts, are completely independent. "He also pointed out that everyone is equal before the law and that the government neither can nor will try to influence the judicial process." Mr Trump said he and Mr Lofven had agreed to speak again over the next two days, another claim disputed by Sweden. “It is possible that there will be follow up calls but right now there is not one scheduled or planned,” a spokesperson said. A$ AP Rocky, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, was detained following a fight in Stockholm, where he had been performing. The district court decided on Friday that Rocky would remain in custody for one more week to allow police to complete their investigation. They have until 25 July. Mayer has claimed he was acting in self defense after two young men harassed and followed him and his entourage. Fans, fellow artists and US Congress members have called for the 30-year-old artist to be freed following his arrest on 3 July. The US president intervened after an appeal from rapper Kanye West and his wife Kim Kardashian.



Yahoo News – Latest News & Headlines

Ahead of U.S. deadline, Mexico minister has fulfilled migration enforcement pledge

Ahead of U.S. deadline, Mexico minister has fulfilled migration enforcement pledgeMexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said on Friday that Mexico has followed through on its commitment to the United States to reduce migration from Central America, as a deadline in a bilateral pact approaches. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is scheduled to travel to Mexico City to discuss migration and trade with Ebrard on Sunday, a day before the end of a 45-day period in which the Mexican government pledged to significantly lower the number of people trying to cross the U.S. border illegally.



Yahoo News – Latest News & Headlines

British defense minister urges Iran to de-escalate Gulf tensions

British defense minister urges Iran to de-escalate Gulf tensionsBritain urged Iran on Wednesday to ease tensions in the Gulf, while pledging to defend its shipping interests in the region. Defence Secretary Penny Mordaunt, asked about a decision to send a third warship to the Gulf, said Britain had always been concerned about defending its interests in the Gulf and elsewhere.



Yahoo News – Latest News & Headlines

Iran's Foreign Minister Zarif: We Can't "Discount" Possibility of War

Iran's Foreign Minister Zarif: We Can't "Discount" Possibility of WarOn Thursday, National Interest Editor Jacob Heilbrunn interviewed Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif in New York at the Ambassador’s residence on the current state of U.S.-Iran relations. The transcript has been lightly edited for readability.Jacob Heilbrunn: With the American shooting down of an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz today, are we on a path of escalation?Mohammed Javad Zarif: I checked with Tehran, and we do not have any information about having lost a drone today. So, we don’t know, as of now what has happened. We have the president saying that they shot a drone. We don’t know whose drone it is, but we don’t have that information. But we are certainly moving in the wrong direction. The fact that the United States has an increased presence in the Persian Gulf doesn’t help security or stability in the area—it’s a tiny body of water and you cannot have such congested traffic there without something happening.Heilbrunn: A lot of the tension is also focused on the tanker that went missing. Is Iran responsible for that?Zarif: All the information we have is that we confiscated a small tanker that was only carrying a million liters of smuggled oil products—not oil—and that happens quite often in the Persian Gulf because of heavily subsidized prices in Iran of oil products. There is a lot of smuggling from both sea and land borders and we interdict them on a regular basis. So if that is the tanker they’re talking about, that is a smuggling tanker, not a shipping tanker.Heilbrunn: Another move that the Trump administration has announced is sending about five hundred more soldiers to Saudi Arabia. What is your response to that?



Yahoo News – Latest News & Headlines

Iranian foreign minister heads to New York for U.N. conference: IRNA

Iranian foreign minister heads to New York for U.N. conference: IRNAIranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif traveled to New York on Saturday to a United Nations conference, Iran’s state news agency IRNA reported, amid rising tension between Washington and Tehran. The United States and Iran are at loggerheads over Tehran’s nuclear program and Washington has blamed Iranian forces for attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf region, a charge Tehran denies.



Yahoo News – Latest News & Headlines

Iran tanker detention by Britain was threatening act, minister says

Iran tanker detention by Britain was threatening act, minister saysBritain’s detention of an Iranian tanker last week was a threatening and incorrect action, Iran’s Defence Minister Amir Hatami said on Monday in a speech broadcast live on state television. Royal Marines seized the tanker on Thursday for trying to take oil to Syria in violation of European Union sanctions, a dramatic intervention that sparked Tehran’s fury and could escalate its confrontation with the West.



Yahoo News – Latest News & Headlines

Oil Minister Zanganeh says hopeful Iran's oil exports will improve: TV

Oil Minister Zanganeh says hopeful Iran's oil exports will improve: TVIran’s Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh said on Sunday that he was very hopeful of an improvement in the country’s crude exports, state TV reported, in spite of tightened U.S. sanctions on Tehran’s main source of income. “I am very hopeful that our oil exports will improve,” Zanganeh told state TV, adding that the price of oil was not Iran’s main concern. “What matters now for Iran is the amount of oil that we can export,” Zanganeh said.



Yahoo News – Latest News & Headlines

Iran minister vows to respond to UK detaining oil tanker

Iran minister vows to respond to UK detaining oil tankerIran’s defence minister vowed Monday to respond to Britain’s detention of an Iranian oil tanker off the coast of Gibraltar. The tanker’s seizure “will not be tolerated by us and will not go without a response”, said Amir Hatami, quoted by Iran’s ISNA and Tasnim news agencies. “This move is against international regulations and a kind of maritime piracy,” he said during a ceremony at Bandar Abbas port in southern Iran.



Yahoo News – Latest News & Headlines