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|

How Iran is extending its ‘Shiite crescent’ to Africa

Iran's Vice President Masoumeh Ebtekar arrives at the Royal Palace during the UN Climate Change Conference 2016 in Marrakech, Morocco November 15, 2016. (REUTERS) By Azeem Ibrahim May 14, 2018 The war against ISIS in Iraq was won by a combination of Iraqi Shiite militias, Iraqi Kurdish militias and Iranian forces and logistical support. [...]

By |May 14th, 2018|Africa, Middle East|

Reza Shah’s residence for sale

Château Val Ory in Moka, an Iranian heritage, in Mauritius, undated. (Supplied) May 8, 2018 Iran’s Foreign Ministry is set to sell three estates owned by Iran in sub-Saharan Africa, including a previous residence of Reza Shah, who was forced to abdicate the throne by the Anglo-Soviet invasion of Iran in 1941. In [...]

By |May 8th, 2018|Africa|

Iran’s bid to further its hegemonic desires through a takeover of Algeria and Morocco

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei waves to his supporters during his visit to Mashhad, 900 km (540 miles) east of Tehran, Iran, March 21, 2018. (AP) By Tony Duheaume May 7, 2018 The emergence of an Iranian embassy in Algeria has caused great concern to the Arab world, but then came the arrival [...]

By |May 7th, 2018|Africa|

Morocco accuses Iran and Hezbollah of Polisario front support

A street sign is posted at the entrance of the embassy of Iran in Rabat, Morocco, Tuesday, May 1, 2018. (AP) By Romany Shaker May 5, 2018 n a surprise move, Morocco announced this week it would sever diplomatic ties with Iran over its military support for the Polisario Front, an armed group that seeks [...]

By |May 5th, 2018|Africa, Marocco|

Why has Morocco severed its diplomatic relations with Iran

Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita. (Supplied) May 3, 2018 Morocco’s relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran were strained ever since Morocco hosted the ousted Shah of Iran and supported Iraq in its war against Iran. Diplomatic relations were severed due to long-time mistrust and hostility. Another dispute between the two countries surfaced [...]

By |May 3rd, 2018|Africa, Marocco|

Morocco severs ties with Iran over alleged ties with Polisario Front

Morocco will close its embassy in Tehran and will expel the Iranian ambassador in Rabat. (Shutterstock) May 2, 2018 Morocco will sever diplomatic ties with Iran over Tehran's support for the Polisario Front, a Sahara independence movement, the Moroccan foreign minister said on Tuesday. The Polisario Front have fought a guerrilla war for [...]

By |May 2nd, 2018|Africa, Marocco|