Buhari In Iran For Gas Exporting Countries Forum

Muhammadu-Buhari-in-IranPresident Muhammadu Buhari Of Nigeria is in Tehran, the capital of Iran, to participate in the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) holding on Monday.

The President was received at the Mehrabad International Airport by the Iranian Deputy President, Mr Shariat Mardi around 4.44pm Nigerian time.

Others at the airport to welcome the President were Officials of the Nigerian Embassy in Iran, led by the Charge de Affaire, Dr Ali Magashi, the Minister of foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama and the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola.

The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu and the National Security Adviser, retired Major General Babagana Monguno, were also at the airport to welcome the President.

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President Buhari and some Nigerian delegation in a meeting with Iranian Deputy President, Mr Shariat Mardi and other government officials

Buhari is expected to meet with his Iranian, counterpart, Hassan Rouhani, during his two-day visit to Tehran.

He will hold bilateral talks with other participating heads of state and government on the sidelines of the GECF.

President Buhari and the leaders of Iran, Russia, Qatar, the Netherlands, Venezuela, Oman, Algeria, the United Arab Emirates, Bolivia and other member-countries of the GECF are expected to review the current market outlook on gas and discuss strategies for boosting gas production during their meeting.

Nigeria and other GECF members currently account for 42 per cent of global gas production, 70 per cent of global gas reserves, 40 per cent of pipeline transmission of gas and 65 per cent of the global trade in Liquefied Natural Gas.

President Buhari will also meet with Nigerians resident in Iran.

Hajj Stampede: Iran Victims’ Bodies Repatriated

hajj stampede victims arrive iranIran has begun receiving its dead as the first bodies of pilgrims killed in a stampede during the annual hajj pilgrimage in mecca have arrived back in the capital Tehran.

The ceremony saw 104 bodies returned home from Saudi Arabia. Iran says at least 464 of its nationals were killed.

The Saudi authorities put the total death toll at 769, but foreign media reports and officials put the figure at well over 1,000.

Tehran had blamed the incident on Saudi “mismanagement”.

But Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister, Adel Al-Jubeir, had accused Iran of “playing politics” with the disaster, calling on Tehran to await the outcome of an investigation.

Speaking at the repatriation ceremony, Iranian President, Hassan Rouhani, said that the tragedy was a “big test” for everyone.¬†“In this incident, our language has been that of fraternity and respect”, he said.

“When required, we have used the language of diplomacy. If needed, the Islamic Republic of Iran will also use language of power.”

The crush happened as two large groups of pilgrims converged as they were taking part in one of the Hajj’s major rites.

The Saudi authorities have not released a breakdown of victims by nationality.

Iran Nuclear Deal: Best Way To Avoid More Midle East War – Obama

obamaU.S. President, Barack Obama, has warned that the world would risk “even more war in the Middle East” without the nuclear agreement with Iran.

Obama made the statement in response to critics after Iran and six world powers sealed an accord in Vienna on Tuesday that will limit Iran’s nuclear programme in return for the lifting of sanctions.

Reuters quoted the President as saying: “Without a deal, there would be no limits to Iran’s nuclear program and Iran could move closer to a nuclear bomb … Without a deal, we risk even more war in the Middle East”.

“Behave Differently”

The deal, reached with six world powers in Vienna, would begin to be implemented by November, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad, Javad Zarif, said earlier on Wednesday.

Obama expressed hopes that the agreement would encourage Iran to “behave differently,” citing “its support of terrorism and its use of proxies to destabilise parts of the Middle East”.

On Monday, Iranian President, Hassan Rouhani, tweeted that if there was a deal with world powers, it would be a “victory of diplomacy and mutual respect over outdated paradigm of exclusion and coercion. And this will be good beginning”.

There has been stiff resistance to a deal from conservatives both in Iran and the US.