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Supreme Leader’s Advisor Visits Lebanon, Syria

Ali Akbar Velayati, senior advisor to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, affirmed Tehran’s support for Damascus and Hezbollah during visits to Syria and Lebanon.

Iran & Region III: Goals in Syria

Alireza Nader

Tags: ISIS, Syria

Report: Iran's Media on Syria Conflict

            Iranian media coverage of the Syria conflict propagates official state policy and emphasizes the legitimacy of the Syrian stat

US and Saudi Arabia: Differences on Iran

Interview with David Ottaway by Faris Al Sulayman

EU for Iran Role in Syria Diplomacy, Greater Engagement

            On April 3, the European Union Parliament passed a resolution calling for an Iranian role in Syria diplomacy and greater E.U.-I

Iran Top Issue in Obama Visit to Saudi Arabia

     On March 28, President Barac

EU’s Ashton on Landmark Visit to Iran

            E.U. foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton arrived in Tehran on March 8 for a two-day visit—the first visit by an E.U.

US Intel Assessment

            On January 29, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Iran&rsq

Erdogan in Tehran : Iran is Second Home

            On January 29, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited Iran to strengthen bilateral economic ties and ease tensions

Rouhani Tweet Streak on Syria Peace Talks

            On January 22, President Hassan Rouhani said that Syria peace conference in Geneva “has already failed before it has star

Iran Disinvited from Syria Peace Talks

            On January 20, the United Nations revoked its invitation to Iran to attend the peace talks on Syria.

Iran to Attend Syria Peace Talks

            On January 19, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon announced that Iran had been invited to join the peace talks on Syria.

Iran’s Leaders Alarmed by Sunni-Shiite Tension

            Iran’s top religious and political leaders are alarmed by growing Sunni-Shiite tension in the Middle East.

Mohammed Chatah’s Open Letter to President Rouhani

            Mohammed Chatah, a former Lebanese finance minister, wrote the following open letter to President Hassan Rouhani in late Decemb

Zarif: Talks Not Dead, Iran Committed to Nuclear Deal

            On December 15, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that talks on implementing the Geneva nuclear deal were “derai

Zarif: Sanctions Would Kill Nuclear Deal

            The following article first appeared in Tags: Congress, Diplomacy, Negotiations, Nuclear, P5 1, Syria, United States, Zarif, Iran Policy

Poll: Iranians Split on Syria Policy

            A slight majority of Iranians think their government is having a negative impact on developments in Syria, according to a newly

Iranians' Support for Syria Wanes

            Less than half of Iranians support economic, military or political support for the Syrian regime, according to a new Gallup Wor

Rouhani’s Interviews

      New Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that Tehran

Rouhani’s Debut Address to UN

            On September 24, President Hassan Rouhani delivered his debut address to the U.N. General Assembly.

Rouhani’s UN Speech in Tweets

           President Hassan Rouhani’s office released a flurry of more than 40 tweets during and immediately after his September 24 addre

Rouhani Speaks on Washington Post

            In a Washington Post op-ed, President Hassan Rouhani urged world leaders to take advantage of his call fo

Rouhani Meets Russian, Chinese Leaders

            President Hassan Rouhani met with his Russian and Chinese counterparts in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan on September 12 and 13.

Zarif TV Interview in English on Nuke Talks

            On September 11, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif discussed nuclear talks and the Syrian crisis in an interview with Pres

Obama: Shifting Language on Iran?

            On September 10, President Barack Obama warned that inaction in the face of Syria’s use of chemical weapons would embolde

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