On the sidelines of the 77th United Nations General Assembly, the high delegation of Eritrea headed by Mr. Osman Saleh, Minister of Foreign Affairs, held bilateral talks with the Foreign Ministers of the Republic of Iran and Cuba. In the meeting with Mr. Hossein Amir Abdollahhian, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Iran, the two sides discussed strengthening bilateral ties and cooperation in all sectors.
Likewise, in the meeting that the Eritrean delegation held with Mr. Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cuba, they held a broad dialogue focused on strengthening bilateral relations as well as global developments of interest to the two countries.
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, received today, Tuesday, September 27, 2022, letters of accreditation from four envoys to begin their period of service in Ghana.
They are Ms. Berenice Owen-Jones from Australia, Bijan Gerami Nazoksara from the Islamic Republic of Iran, Simone Giger from Switzerland, and Ms. Jeannette Njuma Nyakeru.
Presenting their credentials, the envoys pledged to explore new opportunities for collaboration and partnership while deepening existing ties and congratulated President Akufo-Addo on Ghana's efforts to promote peace, stability and prosperity in Africa.
Iranian Ambassador Bijan Gerami Nazoksara sought Ghana's cooperation “in the domains of science and technology and the promotion of politics, culture and agriculture.
With Australian companies already playing very active roles in the mining and extractive sector, Ambassador-designate Owen-Jones pledged Australia's continued assistance for “community development in urban and rural areas of Ghana through our growing small grants programme.
Direct Aid which has supported projects in all regions of Ghana covering various sectors such as health and sanitation, education and training, human rights, income generation, renewable energy and women's economic empowerment ”.
President Akufo-Addo, for his part, welcomed and congratulated the envoys on their appointments and pledged the government's cooperation in the course of their tour of duty in Ghana.
Iranian riot police and security forces clashed with demonstrators in dozens of cities on Tuesday, state media and social media said, amid continuing protests against the death of young Iranian woman Mahsa Amini in police custody.
Amini, 22, from the Iranian Kurdish city of Saqez, was arrested this month in Tehran for “unsuitable attire” by the morality police who enforce the Islamic Republic’s strict dress code.
Her death has sparked the first big show of opposition on Iran’s streets since authorities crushed protests against a rise in gasoline prices in 2019. Despite a growing death toll and a fierce crackdown by authorities, videos posted on Twitter showed demonstrators calling for the fall of the clerical establishment while clashing with security forces in Tehran, Tabriz, Karaj, Qom, Yazd and many other Iranian cities.
State television said police clashed with what it called “rioters” in some cities and fired tear gas to disperse them.
Videos posted on social media from inside Iran showed protesters chanting, “Woman, Life, Liberty”, while women waved and burnt their veils.
Videos on Twitter showed protesters chanting “Death to the dictator”, a reference to Iran’s top authority Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
In the Kurdish cities of Sanandaj and Sardasht, riot police fired at protesters, videos on Twitter showed.
“I will kill those who killed my sister,” chants of protesters could be heard in one of the videos from Tehran, while activist Twitter account 1500tasvir said: “The streets have become battlefields.
” To make it difficult for protesters to post videos on social media, authorities have restricted internet access in several provinces, according to Internet blockage observatory NetBlocks on Twitter and sources in Iran. On Tuesday, a spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights called on Iran’s clerical rulers to “fully respect the rights to freedom of opinion, expression, peaceful assembly and association”.
In a statement, Ravina Shamdasani said that reports indicated “hundreds have also been arrested, including human rights defenders, lawyers, civil society activists and at least 18 journalists”.
“Thousands have joined anti-government demonstrations throughout the country over the past 11 days.
“Security forces have responded at times with live ammunition,” Shamdasani said.
Officials said 41 people, including members of the police and a pro-government militia, had died during the protests.
But Iranian human rights groups have reported a higher toll.
The Iranian human rights group Hengaw said “18 were killed, 898 people were injured and over 1,000 Kurdish protesters have been arrested in the last ten days”, estimating the figures to be higher.
“Between Monday and Friday, more than 70 women have been arrested in Iran’s Kurdistan … at least four of them are under age 18,” Hengaw said on Tuesday.
Iran’s judiciary has set up special courts to try “rioters”, according to state media.
Social media posts, along with some activists, have called for a nationwide strike.
Several university teachers, celebrities, and prominent soccer players have supported the protests against Amini’s death, according to statements published by them on social media.
Students in several universities have refused to participate in classes, staging protests against the widespread arrest of students and forceful encounters with security forces in universities.
The videos and statements on social media could not be verified by Reuters.
Amini’s death has drawn widespread international condemnation while Iran has blamed “thugs” linked to “foreign enemies” for stirring up unrest.
Tehran has accused the United States and some European countries of using the unrest to try to destabilise the Islamic Republic.
Amir Abdollahian made the remarks in a meeting with Mohamed Salem Ould Merzoug, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation and Mauritanians Abroad of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania.
Referring to existing capabilities in various fields, he expressed the hope that with the continuation of consultations, the two countries will witness the development of bilateral relations.
The Islamic Republic of Iran has no limits for the comprehensive development of cooperation with Mauritania, he added.
Meanwhile, Ould Merzoug welcomed the idea of expanding strategic relations with Iran, emphasizing the development of relations in the fields of higher education, agriculture, fisheries and renewable energy.
Referring to the recent foreign provocations and interventions in Iran, he said: The West is trying to inculcate its own values instead of authentic Islamic values, and they are targeting religion and belief.
Amir Abdollahian made the remarks in a meeting with Jeje Odongo, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Uganda.
Noting the importance of Africa in the foreign policy of Iran's 13th government, he called Uganda's position important.
He offered the willingness of Iran's private sector to implement technical and engineering projects and the presence of more Iranian entrepreneurs, including knowledge-based companies, in Uganda.
For his part, Odongo referred to the increase in the exchange of economic and commercial delegations with Iran during the last year and said that it is a good opportunity to strengthen relations between the two countries to the maximum.
The two sides discussed cooperation in international forums, mutual support for representatives of the two countries in specialized institutions and agencies, and the use of clean energy.
Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian met with his Eritrean counterpart Osman Saleh Mohammed on the sidelines of the 77th annual meeting of the UN General Assembly in New York. During their talks, the two sides exchanged views on issues of mutual interest, namely the latest state of bilateral relations and regional developments.
Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian met with his Eritrean counterpart Osman Saleh Mohammed on the sidelines of the 77th annual meeting of the UN General Assembly in New York. At the meeting, Amirabdollahian praised the history of the Eritrean people's struggles, noting that the administration of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi attaches special significance to the African continent, namely Eritrea's active role in the Horn of Africa.
He expressed the hope that the two countries will forge closer cooperation in the technical and economic fields based on respect for each other's values and interests.
The Eritrean Foreign Minister, in turn, highlighted his country's policy of improving relations with countries in the region, including Iran.
Iranian journalist, Nilufar Hamedi, was on Friday arrested in Tehran because for being the first to publicise the case of Mahsa Amini, who died in police custody a week ago.
According to critics, it was alleged that the police used violence against Amini,the police have rejected the accusations.
Since her death, thousands of people have been demonstrating across the country against the repressive policies of the government.
Hamedi, is journalist from the reform newspaper Shargh The paper reported that two other reporters, a photographer and a political activist were arrested in connection with the protests.
They were said to be at the notorious Evin prison in Tehran.
Amini, 22, was arrested by morality police because her outfit did not adhere to the country’s standards for women’s attire.
Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi said Tehran has “strong will” to resolve issues regarding an agreement on the revival of a 2015 nuclear deal fairly if the Iranian nation’s interests are guaranteed.
According to the Iranian presidency’s website Raisi made the remarks on Wednesday in an address to the 77th annual session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. Raisi said Iran accepted an agreement in 2015 in good faith and with a solid intention, but the United States was breaking its promise and imposing sanctions, the most unprecedented sanctions in history.
“It was Washington that left the agreement, not Tehran,’’ the president said.
He said Iran’s negotiation logic is “adherence to commitments.
” Iran in July 2015 signed the nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), agreeing to curb its nuclear programme in return for removing sanctions on the country.
However, former U.
S. President Donald Trump pulled Washington out of the agreement and re-imposed unilateral sanctions on Tehran, prompting the latter to drop some of its commitments under the pact.
The talks on the JCPOA’s revival began in April 2021 in Vienna but were suspended in March this year because of political differences between Tehran and Washington.
The latest round of the nuclear talks was held in the Austrian capital in early August after a five-month hiatus.
On Aug. 8, the EU put forward its final text of the draft decision on reviving the JCPOA.
Iran and the United States later indirectly exchanged views on the EU proposal in a process that has so far failed to produce any favorable outcome.
Thousands of people in Iran have again taken to the streets in protests following the death of a young woman in police custody.
The woman died after she was detained for violating the country’s strict Islamic dress code for women.
On Wednesday night, there were again violent clashes between demonstrators and security forces.
Videos, which could not be verified, also reported live ammunition being fired at the protesters.
The internet has been massively restricted and mobile networks in particular have largely been shut down.
Instagram, one of the last free social networks, has also been blocked.
Iranian football star Ali Karimi has however showed solidarity with the protests in his home country.
The former professional player received encouragement from many outraged Iranians.
“Don’t be afraid of strong women.
Maybe the day will come when they are your only army,” Karimi wrote on Twitter.
Karimi himself lives in Iran. The protests were triggered by the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini.
She was arrested a week ago by the morality police for violating the strict Islamic dress code.
What exactly happened to Amini after her arrest is unclear, but she fell into a coma and died in hospital on Friday.
Critics have accused the morality police of using violence, but the police have rejected the accusations.
Since then, thousands of people have been demonstrating across the country against the government’s repressive course.
The Central Bank of Iran on Wednesday confirmed a cyber attack on its systems that briefly took the institution’s website offline.
A bank spokesperson told the Tasnim news agency that the institution was the target of a denial-of-service (DDoS) attack, which overwhelmed the victims’ servers with a flood of data requests to cripple them.
A hacker group claimed responsibility in a Telegram channel, citing solidarity with ongoing nationwide protests in Iran following the death of a young woman who was arrested by the morality police.
Other Iranian government websites were also said to be the target of attacks on Wednesday, but official information was not given.