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Saturday’s Iran Mini Report – September 29, 2018

Saturday's Iran Mini Report - September 29, 2018

• Esfahan Farmers Protest

On Friday September 27, Isfahan farmers protest against deteriorating agriculture conditions. Right outside the great fruit market in Khorasgan their tractors put on a scene. A big banner is hung to the vehicle that reads, dying with dignity is far better than living with humility!

Khorasgan is east of Isfahan Province, where the farmers set their gathering. These farmers work on the fruit and vegetable fields. Since water problems grew they’ve not been able to sell off products.
Commercial farming has turned into a disaster and what used to be the pride of these farmers is vanishing.

• U.S. Pulls Diplomats from Iraqi City, Citing Threats from Iran Regime

The United States announced on Friday it will effectively close its consulate in the southern Iraqi city of Basra and relocate diplomatic personnel assigned there following increasing threats from Iran Regime and Iran-backed militia, including rocket fire.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo ordered that all but emergency staff leave Basra, with consular duties to be taken over by the embassy in Baghdad. Basra is Iraq’s main port and one of its largest cities.

Pompeo, as he explained the move, renewed a warning that the United States would hold Iran directly responsible for attacks on Americans and US diplomatic facilities.

• Pompeo calls for a ‘Middle East’ alliance to stop Iran’s malicious activity

In a meeting with his counterparts in the Gulf Cooperation Council, Egypt, and Jordan, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called for an end to Iran’s malicious activity in the region, stressing the importance of defeating ISIS and other terrorist organizations and achieving peace and stability in Syria and Yemen.

State Department spokeswoman Heather Neuert said on Friday that the meeting discussed the establishment of a “Middle East strategic alliance” to promote security and stability in the region.

• Saudi FM Jubeir in UN speech: Kingdom’s sovereignty is a ‘red line’

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said on Friday that the sovereignty of Saudi Arabia is a “red line,” adding that the kingdom does not and will not accept foreign interference in its internal affairs.

He also affirmed Saudi support for the US strategy in confronting Iran, noting that Tehran’s terrorist activities continue to destabilize the region.

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