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Thanks Yota....Wish I still had the picture of Miss Hennes we had pinned on the "Babe-Board" in the barracks...Janine helped considerably with moral...we all became Dutch supporters after we got a few inside photos of Miss Hennes in action....no one ever collected the winning pot for a visual...Damn the luck...

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The United Nations proposes alternative solutions to government employment problems

   
 

 
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The United Nations proposes alternative solutions to government employment problems

Baghdad / Huda al-Azzawi  
The National Conference on activating the role of youth in political and economic development was concluded on Friday, and a plan was put forward for the post-Da'sh, which was organized by Gesher Youth Organization in cooperation with KAS. 
The conference resulted in several recommendations and proposals, the most important of which is the role of youth in resolving conflicts through the establishment of the next youth forum to spread peace, renounce sectarianism, and use social media to reach positive ideas based on joint action to encourage young people to be active in their society. As well as solutions to the challenges faced by young people and to involve them in the political process. 
"The United Nations will work to implement these proposals and discuss its steps and support, especially the problems of government employment and finding alternative solutions in the private sectors and support small projects to promote the young Iraqi. 

The conference promised the first step to open joint relations and give young people the opportunity to put their problems in front of the concerned parties to solve them. He pointed out that there is an urgent need for youth to share their ideas with government agencies and work towards integration into the political, social and economic process in the future. Effective international  participation The six-hour conference was held in Baghdad by the youth audience and a number of representatives of ministries, civil society organizations and the international community working in Iraq.




"The proposals put forth by the conference will be presented to the UN Security Council in Geneva to communicate their voice at the international level and not only at the level of local and international organizations," said Taiba, head of the Taiba organization for relief and development. Iraq, indicating that the purpose of inviting several ministries concerned with youth problems, is to connect them with civil society organizations, local and international, to find solutions that can be implemented on the ground. Investment energies of young people  for its part , said the European Union member Hajoin Imad "morning" that he can achieve these proposals and visions presented by young people, if they were clear and not just free of actual application of oral recommendations, indicating that international actors want to hear from the same community , especially Of young people who suffer from problems that lack solutions, and expressed the hope that their requests are realistic and can be supported in partnership with the Iraqi government to implement them.




Meanwhile, a member of the Secretariat of the team (13-25) in the Office of the Secretary-General of the Cabinet of Ministers, Dr. Waiter Al-Hamdani, told «Al-Sabah» that Iraq has prepared a national plan for resolution (13-25), which talks about how to build peace and security in society, Of the plan is to invest the energies of young people to develop the axes of the said resolution and implementation of the year 2019 to 2020, calling on young people to join this plan, stressing that the government will increase their capacity training and help them to invest their energies to advance the second plan of the resolution. Women are half of society 



The Director of the Women's Rights Department in the Women's Empowerment Department of the Cabinet of Ministers, Laila Al-Tamimi, told Al-Sabah that many women have been subjected to violence at various levels during the conflicts, which called for preparing a joint statement for the displaced women to be involved in the political process. "The executive draft of the statement, stressing the existence of actual actions for this work by its constituency, demands that there be more support for women through these projects to be presented or put to the United Nations by this conference. 
In order to involve young people in the political, social and cultural process, the educational process in Iraq must be evaluated in various stages and the educational curricula should be adapted to modern methods of advancement, said Ahmed Al-Qarishoon, director general of the Institute for World Heritage and History of North African, Maghreb and Non-Aligned Countries. Educational reality  
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He said that among the proposals presented, facilitate the return of those who left school seats and solve the problem of unrecognized diplomas from outside Iraq. He called on the Iraqi government to make the institution a success and involve civil society organizations with schools and facilitate their entry to these private educational institutions to find the right ways to solve the education crisis. A call to solve the problems of young people  On his part, the young Rajwan Basem of Kirkuk province of "morning" The topics and discussions that were addressed during the conference, did not reach how to participate young political process, noting that the only solution to promote Iraq on various levels, Focusing on their future vision in solving the employment crisis, and can not be dispensed with the great experiences possessed by the country and rely on young people to put the views may be tangled and unconscious, the conference returned, did not come out how to involve young people in the decision on policy.




The representative of the organization (Diyalas), Ibrahim Salam, told the "morning" that the government agencies made during the dialogue proposals through which the advancement of the young Iraqi, who suffers from lack of coordination with government institutions, which worked on a lack of trust between the young people and concerned, Through the dialogue, the views and the delivery of most of the problems suffered by the young man were brought closer, calling on the United Nations, the European Union and the relevant ministries that were present to find real solutions to the problems raised, especially with regard to  government employment.

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The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) said on Tuesday that the program is currently organizing a technical study visit to a delegation of the Integrity Commission to South Korea with the support of the Seoul Center.

"This activity is part of a larger program led by the United Nations Development Fund to support the Iraqi government in its efforts to fight corruption, which is part of the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the United Nations Development Program and the Iraqi government in 2016," the website said in a news release.

"This visit also comes within the memorandum of understanding signed between the Iraqi Integrity Commission and the Korean Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commission to provide the Integrity Commission with technical knowledge and insight on the application of Korean policy instruments, particularly the assessment of the Anti-Corruption Initiative (AIA) For the effective monitoring and implementation of corruption measures in public institutions ".

"Iraq is the first Arab country to sign a memorandum of understanding with Korea, and also the first country in the Arab region to take advantage of the Korean experience and innovative policies and tools that have been in place and have greatly helped improve anti-corruption measures, Public sector". Ending / 25 z

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For the first time since 2000, the number of displaced people in Iraq has dropped to less than two million, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM) based on its displacement tracking matrix, confirming the return of some 4 million displaced Iraqis to their homes. 

Since January 1, 2000, the Iraq war has caused a terrorist organization to evict about six million people, about 15 percent of the country's population.

 

 

 

 


She noted that with Iraq's declaration of the end of the war against Da'ash in December 1717, more than seven thousand displaced people have returned since then, pointing out that the displaced are returning home at a slower rate than a year to eliminate a supporter. 

The governorates, which had the largest number of returnees, are Nineveh, followed by Anbar, Salahuddin, Kirkuk, Diyala and finally Baghdad. 

About 97 per cent of the displaced returned to their normal homes, while about 2 per cent returned to private accommodation, while around 1 per cent remained at high risk of resorting to religious buildings, schools or unfinished or abandoned buildings. 

The United Nations noted that the remaining displaced and those who have not returned are concentrated in Nineveh, Dohuk, Erbil, Salah al-Din, Sulaymaniyah and Kirkuk.

Among those, there are about 1.2 million displaced people in private accommodation and more than half a million in camps, and one hundred and sixty-six thousand in shelters. 

The organization concluded its report by referring returnees to improved security, housing and lack of financial capacity to stay in displacement, as well as encouraging community leaders and relatives to support their return, explaining that those displaced have faced obstacles to the destruction of their homes as well as infrastructure, lack of financial resources and jobs and security concerns. 

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President of UNAMI to discuss the formation of the Iraqi government in Tehran

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BAGHDAD (Reuters) - 
UN special envoy to Iraq Jan Kubic discussed with the special aide to the head of the Islamic Consultative Council, Hossein Amir Abdullahian, in Tehran on Thursday the formation of the Iraqi government. 
"Iran and Iraq will not allow America to touch the excellent relations between Tehran and Baghdad," he said. 
"I hope that the Iraqi parliament and the leaders of this country will reach an agreement on the new government, which will contribute to enhancing security and stability in Iraq," said Jan Kubic, the UN special envoy to Iraq.
"Iraq's achievements in the fight against terrorism and the political process in this country and said that the political leaders and religious leaders in Iraq and the Iraqi people are aware of the head of the tests of counter-terrorism and promote the political process and democracy." 
He pointed out that "the moves of some countries in the region and the United States in the new developments in Iraq and said that Iraq is in need today to focus on unity and national accord," noting that "Saudi Arabia to respect the opinion of the Iraqi people and his point of view and be a neighbor of the Iraqi people." 
"The United Nations supports the unity, independence and territorial integrity of Iraq," Kubic said. "We appreciate the role of the Islamic Republic of Iran in providing assistance to combat terrorism in Iraq," he said. "Iran and Iraq are neighbors and both have benefited from comprehensive relations in the new era."
"The United Nations is working hard to form a new government in Iraq on the basis of national consensus," he said, adding that "helping to root out terrorism in Iraq is a UN goal."

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"The United Nations supports the unity, independence and territorial integrity of Iraq," Kubic said. "We appreciate the role of the Islamic Republic of Iran in providing assistance to combat terrorism in Iraq," he said. "Iran and Iraq are neighbors and both have benefited from comprehensive relations in the new era."

 

I suspect the second statement is a complete misrepresentation. At least I hope it is. Iran combating terrorism in Iraq???!!! More like Iran is spreading terrorism in Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East!!!

 

Hmmmmmmmmmm.................................................. I wonder what "relations in the new era" means???!!!

 

Go Moola Nova!

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45 minutes ago, Synopsis said:

I wonder what "relations in the new era" means???!!!

 

I'll guess with ya, the ability to counterfeit currency and exchange thru a central bank freely without any fear of repercussions ... heck who even knows what anything means amongst middle eastern friends ... enjoy ur recaps and breakdowns synop .... we wait  

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1 hour ago, Synopsis said:

 

I suspect the second statement is a complete misrepresentation. At least I hope it is. Iran combating terrorism in Iraq???!!! More like Iran is spreading terrorism in Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East!!!

 

Hmmmmmmmmmm.................................................. I wonder what "relations in the new era" means???!!!

 

Go Moola Nova!

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When I was reading that part I was think, these guys are the terrorist. Com'om Man :facepalm2:

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2 hours ago, ChuckFinley said:

When I was reading that part I was think, these guys are the terrorist. Com'om Man :facepalm2:

 

:twothumbs: I agree, ChuckFinley, AND The Best Of Your Weekend To You!!! :tiphat:

 

Go Moola Nova!

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:twothumbs: I agree, ChuckFinley, AND The Best Of Your Weekend To You!!! :tiphat:

 

Go Moola Nova!

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Same to you. This is the most I have seen the UN do in awhile. Plus there is for sure some good news there. 

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Ebadi to New York to attend UN General Assembly meetings

11:21 - 09/09/2018

 
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learned / Mawazin News / from an informed source that Prime Minister Haider Abadi will attend the meetings of the General Assembly of the United Nations scheduled to be held during the twenty-fifth of this month. 
The source said that Abadi will attend the annual UN meeting, and will deliver the speech of Iraq, speaking of the latest developments in Iraq. 
He said that Abadi will urge the international community to provide the necessary help in rebuilding and rebuilding the war against Daqash, in which Iraq was fighting on behalf of the whole world against the forces of darkness and evil. 
The source pointed out that the visit falls within the annual curriculum of the Prime Minister of the UN mandate, and does not represent any other direction

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Al-Alaq appreciates the efforts of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

   
 

 
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The Japanese Ambassador to Iraq met with 
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Secretary-General of the Council of Ministers Mehdi Al-Alak praised the efforts of the United Nations Population Fund in Iraq and its role in the field of humanitarian relief and assistance to the displaced, at a time when the new Japanese Ambassador to Iraq, Naofumi Hashimut, received.

In a statement received by Al-Sabah, a copy of which was received by UNFPA Representative Ramanathan Balakrishnan on the occasion of the end of his duties in Iraq, al-Aalak said that relations with representatives of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) are distinct and that Iraq is keen to maintain these relations in the best possible way. 
For his part, the guest praised the continued support of the Iraqi government, expressing his admiration for the Iraqi people and their ability to overcome the difficulties and challenges.
He pointed out the need to complete support to provide the best for the Iraqi citizen in all governorates, stressing the need to support Iraqi women because of their suffering during the period of control advocating the terrorist and the need to provide safe haven for women affected within the legal framework, as the United Nations Population Fund in Iraq has been working for some time to provide shelters for women in A number of provinces, especially in Basra, according to the statement. In a separate statement, Al-Aalak received the new Japanese ambassador to Iraq, Naofumi Hashimut, and discussed with him a number of issues related to enhancing economic cooperation and enhancing the participation of the private sector and Japanese companies in reconstruction projects, development of sectors, oil files, energy, electricity, services, education and industry.
The Secretary-General stressed the continued support for the Embassy of Japan in Iraq and to provide all possible facilities for the work of companies, explaining «the need to accelerate the completion of water project of Basra Al-Haritha by their companies to provide water to the people of the city of Basra, and solve a large part of the crisis of water salinity in the province».

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2 hours ago, ChuckFinley said:

Need to get this guy seated as well as the GOI.  

 

Evening CF - This is a Broken record with these people - " To the International Community; Iraq needs your HELP - We want you to do everything for us cuz we be in Crisis & stuff " :facepalm:

 

 
 
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Economic instability confuses development trends

   
 
 

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09/12/2018 0:00

Experts call for the use of the United Nations to overcome 
Baghdad / Mustafa al-Hashemi

A large number of those who are concerned about the possibility of achieving general economic stability in Iraq, especially after the similar circumstances experienced by many countries that have experienced conflicts at some point and now see economic stability and the lives of their citizens.

In this regard, a number of economic specialists see the possibility of achieving the general stability in the country through the use of developmental and educational programs aimed at improving the economic situation of the citizen, provided that these programs are directed, studied and appropriate to the Iraqi reality in order to achieve the desired goals. The recruitment of young academic economic d Majid al-Beidani said that "attracting youth and providing employment opportunities for them is the first conditions for the success of development programs because young people is a constructive energy must be invested in achieving stability and reduce the leakage of this energy in aspects of subversive to the two homelands. He said in an interview for "morning" 



" International experiences called al-Baydani, who are based on the economic file in Iraq to" adopt what has been done by those countries and use the expertise of the United Nations and programs aimed at reconstruction, in addition to the request for direct support from large international institutions, which will achieve stability, which will reflect fully on the economic situation of Iraq and increase the degree of sovereign Ranked. "  he stressed .. country ownership of all qualifications that enable him to face economic challenges , but it suffers significant weakness in the natural and human resources management , which does not possess any country in the world. ready - made programs


The academic economist d. "The United Nations and the international financial institutions have full programs and are ready for the success of stability, but refrain from initiating without a formal or governmental request to carry out these real and serious reform steps that would achieve a great economic renaissance for Iraq, which in turn will be able to fulfill all its commitments and financial commitments." 
He pointed out that "the absence of will or weakness in the implementation of reform programs, including the activation of the role of the private sector in all areas of production, has played a prominent role in the spread of unemployment among young people, who have facilitated the way to resort to many of them to join armed groups and consequently the investment Their energies in the construction and reconstruction of Iraq. " Capacity development


For her part, called economic researcher Aya Adel to "approach the competent development organizations of the United Nations, which has a large number of training programs in developing the capabilities of young people and provide employment opportunities for them as a first step in the path of achieving stability," indicating that this is "in coordination with the Office dedicated to provide services Projects in the areas of peacebuilding, development and humanitarian projects throughout the  
world. " 
"The importance of having an official body or institution that enjoys independence to directly supervise the amounts allocated for reconstruction and spending in the right aspects away from personal use and away from corruption and nepotism." Unification of visions


Adel pointed out that "all things that have been mentioned can be implemented by unifying the visions of those who are based on the economic file of the country, as preparations for the start of the process of success of stability must be completed from all administrative, technical and financial aspects and coordinate the efforts of ministries in this direction to achieve the objectives of comprehensive economic development, As a result of Iraq's integration with the international economy after stability has been achieved. "

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UN welcomes Iraq’s election of new parliament speaker

 

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) – Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Iraq Ján Kubiš welcomed on Sunday the Iraqi parliament’s election of its speaker and his two deputies.

In a statement published on the website of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), Kubiš congratulated the elected officials, Speaker Mohammed al-Halbousi and deputies Hassan al-Kaabi and Basheer al-Haddad, and expressed his eagerness to work with the new parliamentary leadership and to offer any required assistance.

“The Special representative appreciates the perseverance of the interim Speaker who chaired the session and applauds the sense of responsibility that motivated the candidates to compete for the leadership positions in the Council of Representatives,” the statement read.

However, Kubiš expressed his deep disappointment that none of the eminently qualified women managed to serve as parliament speaker in Iraq so far and urged the MPs and political leaders to elect women in other leadership positions in the parliament.

“The Special Representative urges the political forces and blocs to expeditiously proceed, in adherence to the constitutional timelines, with the process of electing the President of the Republic then the Prime Minister, to be followed by the formation of a pro-reform, non-sectarian patriotic national government that will be based on partnership cooperation of diverse components and groups of Iraq, away from the sectarian quotas and corruption,” the statement added.

 

https://www.iraqinews.com/features/un-welcomes-iraqs-election-of-new-parliament-speaker/

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Sadr discusses government formation with U.N. representative in Iraq

 

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Muqtada al-Sadr. Najaf (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi Shia cleric and popular leader Muqtada al-Sadr met Saturday with the outgoing United Nations representative in Iraq, Jan Kubis, to discuss efforts to form the next Iraqi government.

“Sayyed Muqtada Al-Sadr received today in Najaf UN Special Representative for  Iraq, Ján Kubiš. They discussed the situation in the region and in Iraq and the need to speed up government formation to provide necessary services for the citizens and provide good livelihood for them,” read a statement by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI).

Sadr’s “Saeroon” list had allied with that led by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and others to compete against vice president and former PM, Nuri al-Maliki, for the formation of the largest parliament bloc that will be entrusted to forming the next government.

Sadr has adopted a stance supporting the formation of a technocrat government free from partisan or sectarian calculations, but has recently warned through his twitter account that he could “take the opposition’s side” if political groups continue to reject his proposals for an independent government.

The Iraqi parliament is expected today to select its new speaker. Iraqi parliament elections were held last May amid judicial challenges that prompted a recount of votes.

 

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Jaafari heads to New York to participate in UN work

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Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari traveled to New York City to participate in the UN General Assembly.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmad Mahjoub said in a brief statement on Friday (September 22, 2018) that Jaafari "went to New York to participate in the work of the United Nations General Assembly at its seventy-third session." 
The work of the seventy-third session of the General Assembly of the United Nations, opened last Tuesday evening.

The high-level plenary debate of the General Assembly will be opened on Tuesday, the 25th of this month and will continue until October 1.

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Soleimani aims to form 'Iran-controlled' Iraqi government: Haley

Nikki Haley, the U.S. Ambassador to the UN

Nikki Haley, the U.S. Ambassador to the UN, said that Quds Forcecommander Qassem Soleimani aims to build a government “that is under the control of the Iranian regime.”

During her remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the situation in the Middle East on Sept. 20, Haley added that Soleimani is leading an effort to influence the composition of a new Iraqi government.

In recent months, Iran’s aggression has escalated as Iranian proxies inIraq operate openly, with funding, training, and weapons supplied by Tehran.

"And let’s be clear about what Soleimani is up to in Iraq. He is not there to help create a government in Baghdad that is responsive to the Iraqi people," Haley said. “He is there to build an Iraqi government that is under the control of the Iranian regime.”

Haley also added that “Iran sees Iraq as merely a transit point for Iranian weapons and a training ground for Iranian proxies. Iran seeks to keepIraq economically weak and dependent on its exports – even though Iraqhas plenty of its own resources. Why? Because Iran wants to use a weak Iraq to illicitly fund its terrorist activities.”

By the end of her remarks, Haley called upon all members of the Security Council and all who respect the right to self-determination for the Iraqi people to be concerned regarding the subject and come to their defense.

https://www.thebaghdadpost.com/en/Story/31617/Soleimani-aims-to-form-Iran-controlled-Iraqi-government-Haley

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BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari arrived in New York on Monday (September 24, 2018) to represent Iraq in the work of the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly.

Al-Jaafari is expected to meet with foreign ministers, officials from a number of countries in the world, as well as international officials, to discuss joint cooperation, strengthen relations and mobilize efforts to continue to stand by Iraq and contribute to the reconstruction of Iraqi cities.

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US tells Iran to 'look in the mirror' after Ahvaz attack

 

 

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Media captionThe moment gunmen open fire on an Iranian military parade

The US ambassador to the UN has urged Iran to "look in the mirror" for the causes of an attack on a military parade that killed 25 on Saturday.

Nikki Haley said Iranian President Hassan Rouhani had "oppressed his people for a long time".

She was responding to Mr Rouhani's fierce criticism of the US, in which he blamed it for enabling the attack.

Two separate groups have claimed they carried out the shooting, but neither has provided evidence.

Four gunmen opened fire at Revolutionary Guard troops in the south-western city of Ahvaz on Saturday, killing 25 people including soldiers and civilians watching a commemorative parade.

One of the victims was a four-year-old girl.

Who is blaming whom?

An anti-government Arab group - Ahvaz National Resistance - and the Islamic State (IS) group both claimed responsibility for the killings.

A video released by the Islamic State group's news agency, Amaq, shows three men in a car who appear to be dressed in Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) uniforms, possibly on their way to carry out the shooting.

The men do not identify themselves as members of IS in the video, but do talk about the importance of jihad.

President Rouhani said the "bully" US, along with Gulf states it backed, had enabled the attack.

But the US has denied responsibility and says it condemns "any terrorist attack", while a senior official for the United Arab Emirates - one of the countries Mr Rouhani was thought to be referring to - called the accusations "baseless".

"He's got the Iranian people... protesting, every ounce of money that goes into Iran goes into his military, he has oppressed his people for a long time and he needs to look at his own base to figure out where that's coming from," Ms Haley told CNN.

"He can blame us all he wants. The thing he's got to do is look in the mirror."

 

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Image captionThe gunmen shot at civilians and soldiers

Mr Rouhani will face Donald Trump at the UN General Assembly this week.

How will Trump treat Iran at the UN?

Speaking on Sunday, before leaving for the UN in New York, Mr Rouhani vowed that Iran would "not let this crime stand".

"It is absolutely clear to us who committed this crime... and whom they are linked to," he said.

He alleged that a Gulf country had supported the "financial, weaponry and political needs" of the attackers.

He added: "The small puppet countries in the region are backed by America, and the US is provoking them and giving them the necessary capabilities."

Why does Iran blame its Gulf neighbours for the attack?

Mr Rouhani did not specify which "puppet" countries he was referring to - but his comments are widely thought to be directed at Iran's regional foe Saudi Arabia, and the UAE and Bahrain.

Iran has previously alleged that Saudi Arabia supports separatist activity among Iran's Arab minority.

Both countries have been struggling for regional political and religious dominance for decades, and are engaged in a number of proxy wars around the region, backing rival factions in Yemen and Syria.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (L) and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani

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The decades-old feud between them is exacerbated by religious differences - Iran is largely Shia Muslim, while Saudi Arabia sees itself as the leading Sunni Muslim power.

The UAE and Bahrain are closely allied with Saudi Arabia.

Iran has also alleged that the gunmen had links to its bitter foe Israel.

Iran considers Israel an illegitimate occupier of Muslim land - and has accused it of attempting to undermine the government.

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Iran also summoned diplomats from the UK, the Netherlands, and Denmark on Saturday, accusing their countries of harbouring Iranian opposition groups.

And why are US-Iran relations so tense?

The two sides have had thorny relations for decades.

The US has accused Iran of running a clandestine nuclear weapons programme, which Iran denies.

In 2015, under then-President Barack Obama, the US and Iran reached a landmark nuclear deal - also signed by China, Russia, the UK, France and Germany - where Iran limited its nuclear activities in exchange for sanctions relief.

However, ties deteriorated after Mr Trump took office and then withdrew from the nuclear deal.

Trump and Rouhani trade angry threats

Iran nuclear deal: Key details

US-Iran relations: A brief guide

Since then, the US has brought sanctions back into place, despite opposition from EU partners, China and Russia, and warned that anyone trading with Iran would also be punished.

The US has also expressed support for anti-government protesters in Iran.

More generally, the US is deeply suspicious of Iranian activity in the Middle East - including its influence in Syria and Yemen - and is an ally of Israel and Saudi Arabia.

Mr Trump is chairing a UN Security Council meeting on Wednesday - and says the meeting will be focused on Iran.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-45620301

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Iraq participates in the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York

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BAGHDAD - 
Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari arrived in New York on Monday to represent Iraq in the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly. 
"Ibrahim al-Jaafari, the Iraqi foreign minister, arrived in New York City to represent Iraq in the work of the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly," the Jafari Information Office said in a statement received by Mawazine News. 
The statement added that "Jaafari will meet on the sidelines of the session with foreign ministers and officials of a number of countries in the world, as well as international officials; to discuss joint cooperation, strengthen relations and mobilize efforts; to continue to stand by Iraq and contribute to the reconstruction of Iraqi cities." / A.43

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