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Miseast peace not reachable without Arab moderate states - Rice


Washington : US Secretary of Rice Condoleeza Rice has said that a potential peace deal between Palestinians and Israelis need the support of moderate Arab states in the region.

"A Palestinian leader, no matter how strong, is not going to be able to make the important compromises that will be needed without the support of these Arab states," said Rice Wednesday, commenting on Arab support to the peace meeting next month in Annapolis.

Pakistan-Afghanistan jirga to promote peace in region - Sherpao


Islamabad : Federal Minister for Interior Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao Wednesday said establishment of grand jirga commission will help promote bilateral relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan.Talking to PTV, he said a meeting of Pak-Afghan jirga commission decided to hold a jirgagai (small jirga) in the first week of November.

The Afghan delegation came to Pakistan to attend the meeting and convey names of 25 delegates for the jirgagai.

Iraq's neighbours keen for prevailing stability, harmony - Kuwaiti Minister


Kuwait : Iraq's neighbours are keen to see its people living in a society in which stability and harmony prevails, said Kuwait's First Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Interior and Minister of Defence Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah.

Speaking at the inauguration of the Fourth Meeting of Interior Ministers of Iraq's Neighbouring States Tuesday, Sheikh Jaber said, "The agenda of our meeting today is the fruit of the aspirations we have for our Iraqi brothers and our wishes for them to live in stability and harmony."

Egypt stresses good preparations for Mideast peace conference

By Xinhua

Cairo : Egyptian Foreign Ministry on Thursday reiterated the importance of good preparations for a U.S.-sponsored peace conference to be held later this year in the United States.

Egyptian Assistant Foreign Minister Wafaa Baseem made the remarks during her talks with visiting Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Sultanov, the official MENA news agency reported.

Baseem said that Egypt calls for paving the way for restarting the peace process between the Israeli and Palestinian sides to reach a fair settlement to the Palestinian cause.

Israel cancels Golan Heights field exercise to avoid tension with Syria

By Xinhua

Jerusalem : The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) decided on Thursday to cancel a field exercise in the Golan Heights in order to "avoid unnecessary tension" with Syria, local newspaper Ha'aretz reported on its website.

The report quoted IDF sources as saying that Israel wanted to "remove any shadow of a doubt the Syrians could have that the field exercises are for training purposes only."

Iran slams fresh U.S. sanctions against its military, economic units

By Xinhua

Tehran : Iran Thursday slammed the sanctions imposed by the United States on the Islamic Republic's Revolutionary Guards and banks, calling the measures were doomed to failure, the state media reported.

"America's hostile policy to the Iranian people and the country's legal institutions are against international law. They are worthless and ineffective, and doomed to failure," Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad Ali Hosseini was quoted as saying.

Turkish PM: Turkey has right to attack Kurdish rebels in N Iraq

By Xinhua

Bucharest : Turkey has the right to intervene in northern Iraq against the Kurdish rebels and, should the situation call for it, the Turkish security forces will not hesitate to take these measures, the visiting Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said here on Thursday.

After his meeting with his Romanian counterpart Calin Popescu-Tariceanu, Erdogan stressed it is his country's right to fight against terrorism.

Iraq: Syria to mediate between Iraq, Turkey

By Xinhua

Damascus : Visiting Iraqi Parliament Speaker Mahmoud al-Mashhadani said here on Thursday that Syria will launch a plan to mediate between Iraq and Turkey to ease tension along their borders and the plan will be announced once it is completed.

"There is a meditation project that will be announced when its conditions are completed," Mashhadani said in a statement to reporters.

Jordan' King meets Laura Bush on fighting against breast cancer

By Xinhua

Amman : Jordan's King Abdullah II on Thursday met with U.S. First Lady Laura Bush, who is visiting Jordan as part of a Middle East tour aimed at boosting breast cancer awareness and research.

Abdullah appreciated Bush's efforts in promoting health care around the world and valued U.S. assistance to health programs in Jordan, particularly aids to King Hussein Cancer Center, according to official Petra news agency.

Hamas: Reducing power supplies to Gaza a collective punishment

By Xinhua

Gaza : The deposed Hamas government considered on Thursday Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak's decision to reduce powers supplies given to the Gaza Strip "a collective punishment."

Israeli Radio reported earlier Thursday that Barak approved an Israeli security committee's recommendations to reduce the amounts of power that is supplied from Israel to Gaza.

The decision came as Palestinian militants escalated their makeshift rockets attacks on Israel before Israel considered the power and highly densely besieged enclave a "hostile entity."