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Iranian President congratulates Bahrain on National Day.


Tehran : Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has congratulated Bahraini King Hamad Bin Isa al-Khalifa on the country's National Day.

In his message Saturday, Ahmadinejad expressed hope that Iran-Bahrain cooperation would receive further boost in line with the two nations' mutual interests.

President Ahmadinejad also felicitated the Bahraini government and nation on the National Day.

Meanwhile, First Vice-President Parviz Davoudi, in a separate message, congratulated Bahraini Prime Minister Khalifa bin Salman al-Khalifa on the same occasion.

Iran-Iraq-US talks to be held after Eid-E Qorban


Baghdad : The fourth round of trilateral talks among Iran, Iraq and the US on Iraq's security has been postponed until after Eid-e Qorban (Feast of Sacrifice) which commemorates the end of annual Haj ceremony, Iraq's Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said on Saturday.

Zebari announced this after his meeting with Iranian delegation in Baghdad where he also underlined that the postponement is due to technical reasons rather than political.

Iran has no limit to expansion of cooperation with Uruguay


Tehran : Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki in a farewell meeting with outgoing Uruguay ambassador to Tehran here Saturday afternoon said Iran has no limit to expansion of cooperation with Uruguay.

According to Foreign Ministry Media Department report, Mottaki by expressing Iran's readiness to transfer its experiences in the fields of oil and gas to Uruguay said, "Iranians have a good image of Latin Americans."

Pakistani constitution damaged forever: media


Islamabad : President Pervez Musharraf may have lifted the emergency and promised free and fair elections, but the constitution has been damaged forever, Pakistani newspaper editorials said Sunday.

"A blow has been delivered to the very concept of parliamentary sovereignty because the amendments made to the 1973 constitution by the fiat of one man (Musharraf) do not need parliament's approval," Dawn said in its editorial titled "Will it make any difference?"

No infectious diseases among Hajj pilgrims


Riyadh : Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Health has stressed that the current Hajj season for pilgrims is contamination- and-infectious- disease-free so far.

The number of patients who do not carry any infectious diseases but reporting to hospitals or medical centers had reached as of last night 54499, the ministry said in a statement Saturday.

Iranian revolutionary guard conduct maneuvers in Gulf waters Sunday


Tehran : The Iranian Revolutionary Guard will conduct naval exercises in the northern region of the Gulf waters on Sunday.

The commander of the Second Marine force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Brigadier General Ali Razmjo, in statements reported by the Iranian news agency, said that "hundreds of marine units of this force, including rocket launchers and Frigates and torpedo launchers and commando units and divers and air units and troops will be involved in the naval maneuver."

U.S. channels USD 40 billion into reconstruction projects in Iraq


Baghdad : The United States spent USD 40 billion on Iraq reconstruction projects, including some USD 3 billion on compensations for victims of violence in Iraq, a US army commander said here Saturday.

Among the important projects being implemented in Iraq is the project to rehabilitate the vocational training centers.

No "unusual" security measures taken at Iranian President's visit


Riyadh : Saudi Interior Minister Prince Naif bin Abdel-Aziz said Saturday that no "unusual" security measures have been taken pertaining to visiting Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedi-Nejad to Saudi Arabia to perform the Hajj this year.

"We take into account all Islamic personalities that come to perform the Hajj," he said.

This came in response to a question to Prince Naif on security precautions that might have been taken regarding the Iranian president's visit to Saudi Arabia.

EU welcomes lifting of emergency rule in Pakistan


Brussels : European Union High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy, Javier Solana, welcomed Saturday the lifting of emergency rule in Pakistan.

"This step is important for the country's return to the path of democracy, especially ahead of parliamentary elections on the 8th of January 2008," he said in a statement.

Solana said it is important now to continue all necessary legal and practical preparations for holding free, fair, and transparent elections with the participation of all parties.

Iraqi Pres. receives Iranian negotiator ahead of trilateral talks with US


Baghdad : Iraqi President Jalal Talabani received on Saturday here an Iranian delegation which will begin negotiations soon in the fourth trilateral talks between the United States, Iran and Iraq on the latter's national security.

An Iraqi government statement said the two sides held preliminary talks regarding the upcoming trilateral talks, adding that President Talabani stressed the importance of boosting efforts on all sides to help reach an end to Iraq's problems.