27 Jun 2010 23:34
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Iranian Aid Shipment to Gaza Postponed
PRESS TV | June 27, 2010
The Iranian Red Crescent Society says it is delaying aid shipments to Gaza due to difficulties in finding a safe way to deliver aid. "Following further Israeli restrictions on the transfer of aid to Gaza and the prevention of issuing a permit to allow the passage of the Iranian ship through the Suez Canal, the departure of the ship carrying Red Crescent aid has been postponed" said the organization in a statement Sunday.
The statement added that the Red Crescent Society will examine transporting aid to Gaza by coordinating with international bodies and regional nations.
Majlis Lawmaker: Intelligence Ministry wants to Downgrade ties with Russia, China
ILNA | June 26, 2010
The deputy head of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, Hossein Ebrahimi, said that representatives of the Intelligence Ministry showed a need for Iran to downgrade its ties with Russia and China, following the two countries' vote in favor of further sanctions on Iran.
He added that Russian and China "preferred their own interests to that of maintaining ties with us. To this end, a change in Iran's relations with these countries is definite. In order to make this motion as comprehensive as possible, we need to conduct a thorough study on the ways and means to carry out this matter."
Russia Accredits Its Drug Enforcement Agents to Work in Iran
In a statement on its website Friday, Russia's anti-narcotics agency announced that one of its officials would be sent to Tehran to work on "improving the effectiveness of cooperative work with Iranian agencies." Russia shares Iran's problem of dealing with Afghan heroin, which kills thousands in both countries every year. Sending a drug enforcement official abroad is in line with President Medvedev's anti-drug initiative, which has seen similar officials sent to Afghanistan, America and China.
China Shuts Iran out of SCO
EA | June 27, 2010
During the 10th Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit held two weeks ago in Tashkhent, Uzbekistan, Chinese diplomats pointed out that one of the requirements for new members is that "any country under UN sanctions cannot be admitted." This procedural declaration carries a lot of weight, however, as it shows that at least currently, China is not interested in allowing Iran to join the regional political-economic organization.