The expansion of the Islamic State (IS) has caused serious concerns about the possibility of states in the Middle East collapsing. Yet a careful reading of the situation reveals that IS is in fact gradually strengthening the state's role as the pivotal actor in regional politics. This is significant in three aspects.
Najib Tun Razak's first visit to Saudi Arabia in 2010 set the stage to sign an agreement in April 2011 for security cooperation. According to a report developed by the former state minister, Datuk Seri Hisham Aldin Tone Hussein, the main purpose of signing this agreement was to deal with terrorism, drug trafficking, forging documents and terrorist activities.
By: Zohreh Norouzpour
An Iranian deputy foreign minister voiced Tehran's concern over the spread of the new wave of extremism and terrorism in the region, particularly in Iraq and Syria, and called on the international bodies to force foreign meddlers to halt backing militancy in the Middle-East
Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani appreciated the regional resistance groups for their achievements against the Zionist regime, saying resistance is now creating a new Middle-East.
Supreme Leader's Advisor for International Affairs Ali Akbar Velayati referred to Washington's offer of direct talks with Tehran, and said the US should first abandon its hostile behavior towards Iran.
Supreme Leader's Advisor for International Affairs Ali Akbar Velayati underlined Iran's important role and position in the Muslim world, and said foreign colonialism is the main cause of problems in the Islamic world.
An Iranian lawmaker says any military intervention by the United States and its allies in Syria would be a violation of the Charter of the United Nations and the international law.
Prominent American Middle East expert Gary Sick has warned that any fresh round of US embargoes against Iran will jeopardize the prospect of comprehensive negotiations between Iran and the world powers.
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehman-Parast lauded the close ties and cooperation between Iran and Oman, and stated that the friendly relations between the two sides set a role model for cooperation among the regional states.
Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi called on the regional states to strengthen solidarity and seek establishment of a collective regional order amid withdrawal of the powers from the region.
Iranian Ambassador to the United Nations Mohammad Khazaei has refreshed the country’s call for a stronger global action to promote nuclear disarmament at an international level.
A senior Iranian lawmaker has lashed out at the Arab League for offering to grant Syria's vacant seat in the bloc to the country’s foreign-backed opposition, known as the Syrian National Coalition, saying the move serves the interests of the Israeli regime.
Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi renewed Iran's support for the will of the Syrian people and government, and opposed foreign meddling in the Muslim states, specially Syria, to the interest of Israel.
Iran has earned nearly USD 13 billion from exporting petrochemical and polymer products from the giant offshore South Pars Gas Field to mainly European and Asian countries since March 2012, says one report.
An Iranian deputy petroleum minister says the country’s nominal petrochemical production capacity is close to reaching 60 million tons (mt).
Senior Iranian official Hossein Sheikholeslam says the failure of the military approach employed by the militants in Syria and their foreign supporters has driven them toward agreeing to negotiations with the Syrian government.
An Iranian lawmaker has urged the European Union to throw an obstacle in the way of the construction of illegal settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories by pressuring Israel.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has underlined the significance of the enhancement of bilateral relations between the Islamic Republic and Egypt in all areas, particularly in the tourism sector
An Iranian lawmaker says Western powers promote Iranophobia in the Middle East to step up weapons sales to the regional countries.