Morocco’s FM, US officials discuss Iran conspiracy with Polisario

Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita. (Supplied) September 21, 2018 Morocco's Foreign Affairs Minister Nasser Bourita said that talks he held with US officials during his visit to Washington on Sep 17-18 addressed several topics, mainly Iran and its conspiracy with Polisario. This topic is a major concern for US officials, as affirmed by [...]

By |September 21st, 2018|Africa, Marocco|

Iran forms parliamentary committee to focus on countries it boycotts diplomatically

Senior foreign policy advisor to the Iranian parliament speaker Hossein Amir-Abdollahian. (IRNA) September 18, 2018 A working group and a new mechanism has been adopted by the Iranian parliament to form a committee that will focus on people who are active in regional issues of countries that do not have diplomatic relations with [...]

By |September 18th, 2018|Africa, Middle East|

Oil buyers rush to replace Iran

An oil tanker is seen off the port of Bandar Abbas, southern Iran. (AFP) September 1, 2018 Oil reserves in western Europe, Africa and Mediterranean region are rapidly falling since major buyers are scared by the US sanctions imposed on Iran, reports say. According to Reuters, oil prices slipped on Friday as concerns [...]

By |September 1st, 2018|Africa, Europe, Middle East|

Sanctions make it harder for South Africa’s MTN to repatriate Iran cash

MTN has around 3.4 billion rand ($256 million) in accumulated dividends and loans from its joint venture in Iran. (Supplied) August 9, 2018 MTN Group, Africa's biggest mobile operator, is sticking to its 2018 dividend target despite new U.S. sanctions making it harder to repatriate cash from its Iran joint venture, the company [...]

By |August 9th, 2018|Africa|

Hezbollah allegedly training Nigerian Shiites to expand influence in West Africa

Protesters carry a banner depicting Iranian ayatollahs Khamenei (L) and Khomeini (C), and Hezbollah leader Hasan Nasrallah (R) during a demonstration in the northern Nigerian city of Kano, on July 25, 2014. (AFP) By Mona Alami July 7, 2018 While Hezbollah’s military expansion across the Middle East, particularly since the start of the Syrian [...]

By |July 7th, 2018|Africa, Nigeria|

As sanctions bit, Iranian executives bought African passports

More than 100 of 155 people who had their Comoros passports cancelled in January were Iranians. (Reuters) By Bozorgmehr Sharafedin and David Lewis June 29, 2018 In January, the Comoros Islands quietly cancelled a batch of its passports that foreigners had bought in recent years. The tiny nation off the east coast of Africa [...]

By |June 29th, 2018|Africa, Comoros|

Zarif arrives in South Africa leading high-ranking trade delegation

Eyes abroad. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif looks on during a meeting. (AP) By Ahmad Majidyar June 14, 2018 Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif arrived in South Africa yesterday to discuss ways of expanding bilateral ties, Iranian media reported. The top Iranian diplomat is scheduled to hold talks with his counterpart Lindiwe [...]

By |June 14th, 2018|Africa|

Relief organization sparks controversy over large donations abroad

The Imam Khomeini Relief Foundation’s office in Lebanon is its biggest outside Iran. Among other things, it offers. (Supplied) June 13, 2018 A video about the help that Iran’s Imam Khomeini Relief Committee provides to residents of Gaza has met with anger and sparked controversy, prompting a social media campaign — using the [...]

By |June 13th, 2018|Africa, Middle East, Tajikistan|

Iranian Embassy in Algeria accused of promoting sectarianism in North Africa

Iran tries to indoctrinate and recruit Algerian Shiites who travel to Iraq on religious visits to the holy city of Karbala. (Fars) By Ahmad Majidyar June 8, 2018 Former and current Algerian officials accuse the Iranian Embassy in Algiers of promoting sectarianism in Algeria and the broader region, according to recent reports. Idah Falahi, [...]

By |June 8th, 2018|Africa, Algeria|

Moroccan FM says Iran seeks to destabilize Middle East and North Africa

Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita. (Supplied) By Ahmad Majidyar May 29, 2018 Relations between Morocco and Iran continue to deteriorate over Rabat’s allegations that Tehran is meddling in the internal affairs of the North African country. On Thursday, Tehran denied fresh accusations by Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita that Iran and Hezbollah foment instability in [...]

By |May 29th, 2018|Africa, Marocco, Middle East|