FM slams US for deflecting public opinion, sanctioning Iran

Tehran, Oct 24, IRNA - Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in a message criticized US for deflecting public opinion and imposing sanctions on Iran.

'To deflect from headlines on Saudi brutality in Istanbul and across Yemen, US Treasury—while in Saudi Arabia, no less—sanctions Iran for 'supporting' anti-Iran Taliban. Conveniently omitting that US is negotiating with the very same Taliban now& its clients have long backed it,' Zarif tweeted on Wednesday.

The Pak media Times of Islamabad on July 27 quoted Wall Street Journal as saying ' the top US envoy for South Asia has met with Taliban officials for peace talks in Qatar.'

'Alice Wells, the senior official for the State Department’s Bureau of South and Central Asia Affairs, met with the Taliban this week to try to find a new path toward ending Afghanistan’s 17-year conflict.'

The 59-year-old Saudi investigative journalist, who had left the country since Bin Salman was named Crown Prince and moved to the US, vanished on October second after entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul to collect documents for his forthcoming marriage.

After 18 days of silence and rejecting claims that Khashoggi was killed, the Saudi government finally bowed down to international pressure and admitted the prominent journalist was killed inside Istanbul consulate.

Following the confession, the Saudi king, Salman bin Abdulaziz sacked, in separate orders, some top officials including Saud al-Qahtani, royal court advisor who is a close aide to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Ahmed al-Asiri, Saudi Arabia's deputy intelligence chief who was formerly the Saudi-led coalition spokesman, Major General Abdullah bin Khalifa Al-Shaya, Assistant Chief of General Intelligence for Human Resources and General Rashad Bin Hamed Al Mohammadi, the Director of the General Directorate of Security and Protection at the General Intelligence.

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