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Middle East

  • EghtesadOnline: Qatar Airways will continue to fly to Iran and has not lost any bookings despite a recent spike in Middle East tensions, Chief Executive Akbar al-Baker said on Wednesday.

  • EghtesadOnline: Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said it is essential that regional states forge closer ties to ease the tense situation in the Middle East.

  • EghtesadOnline: German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed on Saturday to make every effort to save the Iran nuclear deal after meeting in Moscow amid escalating tensions in the Middle East.

  • EghtesadOnline: The US House of Representatives voted on Thursday to stop US President Donald Trump from further military action against Iran, as the Middle East remained tense after the US assassination of a top Iranian commander and Iran’s retaliatory missile strikes.

  • EghtesadOnline: Oil prices rose a further 2% on Monday, pushing Brent above $70 a barrel, as rhetoric from the United States, Iran and Iraq fanned tensions in the Middle East after a US air strike which martyred a top Iranian military commander in Iraq.

  • EghtesadOnline: Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who had tried to carve out a role mediating between Washington and Tehran, said on Monday he was “deeply worried” by tensions in the Middle East.

  • EghtesadOnline: US Democratic presidential contenders on Friday condemned the airstrike that killed Iranian military commander, Qasem Soleimani, saying US President Donald Trump’s decision was reckless and could lead the United States to another war in the Middle East.

  • EghtesadOnline: Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif held talks with his Chinese counterpart on Tuesday to discuss a 25-year roadmap for boosting ties, concerns surrounding the Iran nuclear deal and stability in the Middle East.

  • EghtesadOnline: The Iranian government hopes President Hassan Rouhani's upcoming visit to Japan to discuss Tokyo's peace initiative for the Middle East will help defuse tensions in the volatile region, the Iranian Foreign Ministry’s spokesman said.

  • EghtesadOnline: China has called on the United States to stop its “maximum pressure” campaign on Iran and its threats of deploying additional troops to the Middle East, stressing that Washington should find a diplomatic solution to reduce tensions in the region.