Groups Call for ICC Referral

first_img RSF_en News Co-signing organizations in alphabetical order : Action des Chrétiens pour l’Abolition de la Torture, FranceAmnesty International, Benin Advocates for Public International Law, UgandaArabic Network for Human Rights Information, EgyptAsia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, AustraliaAct for Peace, AustraliaArab Coalition for Sudan, SudanArab Program for Human Rights Activists,EgyptArab-European Center Of Human Rights And International Law, NorwayArab Foundation for Development and Citizenship, United KingdomAndalus Institute for Tolerance and anti-Violence Studies, EgyptBenin Coalition for the International Criminal Court, BeninCairo Institute for Human Rights Studies, EgyptCampaña Colombiana Contra Minas, ColombiaCenter for Media Studies and Peacebuilding, LiberiaChild Soldiers International, United KingdomChristian Solidarity Worldwide, BelgiumClub des Amis du Droit du Congo, Democratic Republic of CongoCoalition Ivoirienne pour la Cour Penale Internationale, Cote d’IvoireColombian Commission of Jurists, ColombiaCommunity Empowerment for Progress Organization, South SudanConflict Monitoring Center, PakistanCongress of National Minorities of Ukraine, UkraineComité Catholique Contre la Faim et Pour le Développement – Terre Solidaire, FranceComision Mexicana de Defensa y Promocion de los Derechos Humanos, MexicoComision de Derechos Humanos, PeruCSO Network, Western KenyaDawlaty Foundation, LebanonDemocracia Global, ArgentinaEast Africa Law Society, TanzaniaEgyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, EgyptElman Peace and Human Rights Center, SomaliaEuro-Mediterranean Human Rights NetworkFN-forbundet / Danish United Nations Association, DenmarkFranciscans InternationalFundación de Antropología Forense, GuatemalaFriends For a NonViolent World, United States Georgian Young Lawyers Association, GeorgiaGenocide Alert, GermanyGlobal Solutions.org, United StatesGlobal Justice Center, United StatesGlobal Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, United StatesGulf Centre for Human Rights, DenmarkHoriyat for Development and Human Rights, LibyaHumanist Institute for Development Cooperation, The NetherlandsHumanitarian Law Center Kosovo, KosovoHuman Rights First, United StatesHuman Rights WatchInternational Justice Project, United StatesInternational Commission of Jurists, KenyaInternational Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law, NigeriaInternational Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, United StatesInternational Federation of Action by Christians for the Abolition of Torture, FranceInternational Center for Policy and Conflict, KenyaInsan, LebanonJacob Blaustein Institute for the Advancement of Human Rights, United StatesJustice Without Frontiers, LebanonKenya Human Rights Commission, KenyaLa Coalition Burundaise pour la Cour Penale Internationale, BurundiLira NGO Forum, UgandaLigue pour la Paix, les Droits de l’Homme et la Justice, Democratic Republic of CongoMedia Foundation for West Africa, GhanaMinority Rights Group International, United KingdomNational Youth Action, Inc., LiberiaNo Peace Without Justice, ItalyNorwegian People’s Aid, NorwayOptimum Travail du Burkina, Burkina FasoOpen Society Justice InitiativePakistan Body Count, PakistanPAX, The NetherlandsPax Christi InternationalParliamentarians for Global ActionEl Equipo Peruano de Antropología Forense, PeruPhysicians for Human Rights, United StatesPak Institute for Peace Studies, PakistanREDRESS, United KingdomReporters Without Borders, FranceRencontre africaine pour la défense des droits de l’homme (Raddho-Guinée), GuineaReseau Equitas, Côte d’IvoireSamir Kassir Foundation, LebanonSouthern Africa Litigation Centre, South AfricaSouth African Institute for Advanced Constitutional, Public, Human Rights and International Law, South AfricaSyrian Network for Human Rights, United KingdomSyria Justice & Accountability Center, The NetherlandsSyrian Nonviolence Movement, FranceSyrian Observatory for Human Rights, United KingdomSynergie des ONGs Congolaises pour la lutte contre les Violences Sexuelles, Democratic Republic of CongoSynergie des ONGs Congolaises pour les Victimes, Democratic Republic of CongoThe International Federation for Human Rights, FranceThe Centre for Accountability and Rule of Law, Sierra LeoneThe Association of Political Scientists, GreeceThe Sentinel Project for Genocide Prevention, CanadaThe Igarape Institute, BrazilThe Arab World Center for Democratic Development, JordanThe United Nations Association of Sweden, SwedenUnited to End Genocide, United StatesVision GRAM-International, CanadaViolations Documentation Center, SyriaWake Up Genève for Syria, SwitzerlandWest Africa Civil Society Institute, GhanaWest African Bar Association, NigeriaWorld Federalist Movement, CanadaWorld Federation of United Nations AssociationsWomens’s International League for Peace and Freedom, Switzerland Zarga Organization for Rural Development, Sudan March 8, 2021 Find out more to go further News Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Receive email alerts Follow the news on Syria February 3, 2021 Find out more News News Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Over one hundred civil society groups from around the world issued the following statement today to urge the United Nations Security Council to approve a resolution to refer the situation in Syria to the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court:We, the undersigned civil society groups, urge United Nations Security Council members to approve a draft resolution supported by a broad coalition of countries that would refer the situation in Syria to the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC).More than three years into a conflict that has claimed well over 100,000 lives, according to the United Nations, atrocity crimes are being committed with complete impunity by all sides in the conflict, with no end in sight.Neither Syrian authorities nor the leaders of non-state armed groups have taken any meaningful steps to ensure accountability for past and ongoing grave human rights crimes. The failure to hold those responsible for these violations to account has only fueled further atrocities by all sides. Against this background, we believe the ICC is the forum most capable of effectively investigating and prosecuting the people who bear the greatest responsibility for serious crimes and of offering a measure of justice for victims in Syria.The latest report from the UN’s Syria Commission of Inquiry, published on March 5, 2014, also found that all sides to the Syria conflict continued to commit serious crimes under international law and held that the Security Council was failing to take action to end the state of impunity. The commission, which has published seven in-depth reports since its establishment in August 2011, recommended that the Security Council give the ICC a mandate to investigate abuses in SyriaThe need for accountability in Syria through the ICC has likewise been supported by more than 60 UN member countries, representing all regions of world, including 10 of the current members of the Security Council. We urge all Security Council members to heed this call for justice. Other countries should publicly support the draft resolution and warn Russia and China against using their veto power to obstruct accountability for violations by all sides.As a permanent international court with a mandate to prosecute war crimes and crimes against humanity when national authorities are unable or unwilling to do so, the ICC was created to address exactly the type of situation that exists in Syria today. Though the court’s work can be only one piece of the larger accountability effort needed in Syria, it is a crucial first step.We therefore strongly urge Security Council members to urgently act to fill the accountability gap in Syria. The people of Syria cannot afford further disappointment or delay. Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria March 12, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Organisation May 15, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Groups Call for ICC Referrallast_img read more

Social housing plans for Ramelton at advanced stage

first_img WhatsApp Social housing plans for Ramelton at advanced stage By News Highland – November 15, 2019 Pinterest Donegal County Council has confirmed that the acquisition of unfinished properties in Ramelton is now at an advanced stage and it’s hoped to have contracts signed in the coming weeks. The next stage is to prepare a schedule of works for each of the 18 properties and to subsequently tender the works.It’s anticipated that the properties will be ready for allocation in the latter half of next year.Cathaoirleach of the Letterkenny Municipal District Cllr John O’Donnell says it will make a huge difference to the housing list locally:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/ramedfgdfgdfgdfltonhouses.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Harps come back to win in Waterford Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction WhatsApp Previous articleCalls on Council to take lead on Changing Places toilet facilitiesNext articleHSE’s Service Plan won’t be enough – McConalogue News Highland AudioHomepage BannerNews Twitter Twittercenter_img Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Google+ News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Pinterest DL Debate – 24/05/21 FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Google+last_img read more

Betfred boosts betting shop content with The Racing Partnership deal

first_img Betfred boosts US racing coverage with XB Net deal renewal August 10, 2020 Submit Share Share Related Articles Betfred counters Oppenheimer bid in race to rescue Phumelela August 26, 2020 Betfred extends World Snooker Championship deal until 2022 August 17, 2020 StumbleUpon Martin CruddaceUpdating the market, UK independent bookmaker Betfred has agreed an extended media rights deal with The Racing Partnership (TRP), the official broadcast company for the Arena Racing Company (ARC).The agreed deal will see TRP content from fifteen ARC racecourses and seven syndicated independent racetracks, broadcast with immediate effect across Betfred’s UK retail portfolio of +1600 betting shops.Further to its broadcast agreement, Betfred’s retail estates will gain TRP syndicated international racing content which will include race coverage from South Africa.ARC Chief Executive Martin Cruddace welcomed TRP’s deeper integration with Betfred properties stating: “We are really pleased to have agreed this deal with Betfred.  Under Fred Done’s leadership Betfred and the Tote have been a significant supporter of British Racing and it is important to us that Betfred shops can show TRP’s extensive content. We can now look forward to working with Fred and his team in a collaborative manner which allows us all to help promote and grow betting on British Racing.”Betfred Retail and Totepool UK Managing Director, Mark Stebbings welcomed TRP content: “We are delighted to have completed a deal with The Racing Partnership and once again we are now able to show horseracing from all British racecourses to our customers.”last_img read more

An Easy Morning for American Pharoah and Beholder

first_imgWith Wednesday bringing better weather to The Great Race Place, two of the superstar Thoroughbreds on the Santa Anita backside used the opportunity for an easy morning’s workout.Beholder proved an early riser, getting her workout in at 6:30 this AM, while the Triple Crown Champion, American Pharoah, enjoyed a bath after his easy jog.Did you know? You can see Horsemen listings like workouts, standings and more under our Horsemen section? Click here to check it out now!BeholderAmerican Pharoahlast_img

KENTUCKY DERBY WINNER NYQUIST RETURNS TO SANTA ANITA; BRILLIANT SON OF UNCLE MO TO ARRIVE AT TRAINER O’NEILL’S BARN AT APROXIMATELY 6 P.M. PDT

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (June 5, 2016)–Undefeated through victories in both the Florida and Kentucky Derbies prior to tasting defeat for the first time in the Preakness Stakes on May 21, trainer Doug O’Neill’s Nyquist is scheduled to return to O’Neill’s Barn 88 at Santa Anita at approximately 6:30 p.m. PDT.Ensconced at Pimlico Race Course just outside Baltimore since the Grade I Preakness, Nyquist, who’s flight was delayed by one hour this morning, left Baltimore at 12 noon EDT. His flight touched down briefly in Lexington, Ky., and is currently en route, along with his regular groom Elias Anaya, to nearby LA/Ontario International Airport, which is located 33 miles east of Santa Anita.Owned by J. Paul Reddam, last year’s Eclipse Champion 2-year-old Male, Nyquist, who became the fourth Southern California or Santa Anita-based horse to win the Kentucky Derby in the last five years, ended up a gallant third, beaten 3 ½ lengths by 2016 Santa Anita Derby winner Exaggerator in the Preakness. The Kentucky-bred colt by Uncle Mo now has eight wins from nine overall starts and has earnings of $5,119,200.Although immediate plans for Nyquist have not been announced, his ultimate objective this year is the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic, to be run at Santa Anita on Nov. 5.last_img read more

Be on the lookout for prognosticating groundhogs next week

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Early spring hopefuls will soon flock to the nearest prognosticating groundhog to gain meteorological insights into the weeks ahead. Known as Groundhog Day, the U.S. tradition builds upon old German lore associated with predicting the spring weather on Candlemas, also known as the Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Feast of the Presentation of our Lord Jesus commemorating the presentation of Jesus at the Temple on Feb. 2.If Candlemas be fair and bright,Winter has another flight.If Candlemas brings clouds and rain,Winter will not come again.Somewhere along the line someone added the hibernating groundhog and its shadow to the Candlemas tradition and Groundhog Day was later adopted in the U.S. in 1887. While Pennsylvania has the longest running tradition, Ohio is home to two groundhog meteorologists.From Ohio History Central: “Buckeye Chuck is one of two groundhogs in Ohio known for predicting the arrival of spring. A native of Marion, Ohio, Chuck began predicting spring’s arrival in the 1970s.“From late September until early April, Buckeye Chuck spends his time hibernating. On Feb. 2, against his will, Chuck emerges from his sleep to predict the weather. In 1979, the Ohio legislature made Buckeye Chuck Ohio’s official groundhog.“Using groundhogs to predict the weather came from Germany. A long-held German tradition states that if a hibernating animal sees its shadow on Feb. 2, six more weeks of winter will occur. In the United States, this tradition evolved into Groundhog Day. Generally, wild groundhogs live to only two years of age while domesticated ones commonly live to ten years of age. While groundhogs rarely live more than a decade, some people contend that Buckeye Chuck is the same groundhog that has predicted the weather for almost 30 years.”Jim Noel, with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, predicts a warmer wetter than normal winter ahead with a late last freeze date.“Going forward for the remainder of winter it looks a little warmer and wetter than normal with still significant swings in weather patterns,” Noel said in a recent CORN Newsletter. “The early outlook for spring planting season suggests a slightly warmer than normal season with precipitation normal or slightly above normal. Some planting delays would be possible. Historical data suggests a slightly later than normal last freeze date.”Will the weatherman and the weather groundhogs of Ohio agree? Only time will tell.last_img read more

8 Screenwriting Tips for the Emerging Writer

first_imgThese screenwriting tips are fundamental, simple, and have worked for many writers time and again.Whether you are searching for your next great idea, developing a multifaceted protagonist, or finding a plot twist no one saw coming, the source of greatness for all screenwriters comes from the same place: a sheer passion for storytelling. With this passion comes the desire to get better and better at your craft.If you want to tell great, emotive stories then you must write about what moves you, what makes your blood boil or infuses you with great energy. Therein lays one of the great challenges of screenwriting: communicating your story, characters and message to an audience in such a way that makes them feel. After all, we want our stories to leave imprints on the mind once the story has been consumed and left behind.Below are 8 tips that I recommend for the beginner or intermediate screenwriter. By following these ideas your final screenplay will be that much more true to your own vision, and ideally more sellable.1. Read Screenplays of your Favorite FilmsThere are endless amounts of screenplays available online to the general public. If you’ve recently watched a movie you enjoyed, or have a few all-time favorites, track down the screenplay online and get reading.There are many moving parts to how a film gets made and watching that film, will help you to partially understand why it was so successful – the acting, the set design, direction, etc. – however, it is even more helpful to see the film in its original form. When you see the film’s blueprint, you’re able to visualize what has changed since the script was originally written (what worked and what didn’t). Knowing what translates well to the big screen is a very valuable tool to have. It’s also helpful to see the style in which films of different genres are written so that you can apply some of those techniques to your own work.2. Have Something to SayThe best movies are the ones that give you something to think about after the credits have rolled and you’ve left the theatre. This a direct result of the writer having something to say, and having a clear message to send. Not only will this give you, the writer, great direction in creating your story but it will also help you to achieve the goal all writers and filmmakers have: making a film that leaves it’s mark in history.3. Every Scene Needs an Intention or GoalIf you ever come out of a theatre underwhelmed by the film you saw and hear yourself thinking “that was long”, what you actually mean is that you found yourself bored at times (most likely, many times). In most cases, if you find yourself bored then you weren’t given much from your main character(s) by way of their goals or intentions, which is one of the most important elements in writing your story – your characters must have goals!Once you know what your characters aim to achieve you must make sure that every scene in your screenplay acts as a means to your characters end. Further, your audience must be able to identify these intentions throughout the film. It is when your audience can no longer identify what your character has set out to do that they begin to disconnect from the film, look at their watches, and start heading for the car. Ensure that all your scenes layout goals for your characters and upon that goal’s completion, set up another one and so on.These goals will work to support the development of your character, place them in a position to make decisions (hopefully tough ones) and help build their character. Subsequently, this allows the audience to understand what your characters are “made of” and what they stand for, which gives us something to chew on while your story unfolds.4. Make Your Protagonist Likeable Early OnWhile plot points are of course an integral part of a successful screenplay, it is your characters that truly drive your story – specifically your protagonist. It is through their eyes that the story unfolds for an audience, and that the viewer has someone to cheer for. Therefore, when creating your protagonist, audience connection is vital. As a writer, you must get to know your protagonist early on in the writing process and do everything you can to translate their nature/desires/problems on page 1 of your script. Your hero must have hopes, fears, dreams, challenges, etc. and we (the audience) must feel their despair and achievements early on and throughout the duration of the film.5. Less is More When it Comes to TextA screenplay is not meant to read like a novel. At all costs, avoid lengthy paragraphs and overly descriptive writing. First and foremost, a good script should be no more than 120 pages and ideally, should be about 110 pages in length. Therefore, there’s only so much room to work with.A good rule of thumb: if you can’t show it on the screen, then avoid putting it in the script. There is no need to write your characters thoughts or feelings into your screenplay. After all, your audience isn’t reading your script, they are watching a motion picture. Therefore, leave out what can’t be shown visually or revealed in dialogue – it will only throw off the pacing and lead to unnecessary re-writes down the the road, when you could have spent that time revising other elements of the screenplay.6. Avoid Forced Exposition at All CostsThere are few things worse than the sight of constant exposition in a film. Sometimes when you’re in the thick of writing a great story, you feel it’s hard to omit a good portion of it from your script. However, forced exposition must be omitted at all costs.If you have trouble identifying what ‘must go’, understand that your writing will feel forced if 1) your characters are engaged in a conversation about subject matter in which they should obviously already be familiar; and 2) your characters bring up crucial information about the story out of nowhere, for the sake of informing the audience about key facts, which are integral to our understanding of the film. These awkward ways of feeding the audience information will not reflect real human behavior or interaction and will profoundly affect the ways in which your audience must relate or empathize with your characters. Audiences are generally quite smart and will pick up on things naturally, so always remember that you don’t need to shove it down their throats.7. Write DailyIt can be a challenge to consistently write, which is why even for the best writers out there it requires focus and discipline. As a professional writer, you must commit to writing/working on your script each and every day. Set your intentions early on in the writing process and commit to your goals. Writing can be an arduous task but if you set an intention to write every single day, then two things will happen: you will become a better writer and you WILL finish your script.8. FinishWhen it comes to screenwriting, many people will argue what the “hardest part” is. Is it the simple act of getting started? Or is finding a unique story that is different than what we’ve seen before? Maybe it’s letting go of scenes that you like, but just aren’t working.In my opinion, one of the hardest parts of the process is knowing when to stop. Hanging on to your screenplay and making revision after revision (beyond the scope of what’s necessary) renders your script overworked, and ultimately makes the story feel tired. Of course, take the required time to get your ideas down on paper, and make as many edits as you (and those helping) deem necessary, but know when to let go and identify when you’ve got a product that is ready to be shot and seen.There is no question that as a screenwriter, you are passionate about storytelling. If your goal is to write screenplays at a professional level, then you must consider the dangers that prevent you from telling a great story, as well as the techniques available to help your story transcend the realm of text to motion pictures. You need to do your homework, dedicate yourself to your craft, have a clear message to send, make your characters as human as possible (people with dreams that must be realized in spite of conflict), and know when your text begins to compromise how your story will be interpreted and felt by your audience. Above all, you must be willing to do whatever it takes to tell a complete story and be open to the constructive feedback that will make your script a success.last_img read more

Calling All Referees!

first_imgWe are calling for referees to attend and officiate at the annual KidsXpress Touch of Colour charity corporate Touch Football event, held in conjunction with the National Rugby League (NRL) and the KidsXpress for Life Foundation. KidsXpress for life Foundation looks at helping young children who have been traumatised, abused and neglected. KidsXpress utilises “expression therapy” to help kids share their thoughts, ideas and imagination through song, dance, art and drama….and sport. This event raises significant funds and awareness in support of this great cause and initiative and is a great day out for all stakeholders. Come and take part in this opportunity which will feature former NRL stars playing in various corporate teams; providing an amazing opportunity to engage with former stars, new friends and officiate on Allianz Stadium; all the while and contributing to raising valuable funds for the KidsXpress for Life Foundation. Where: Allianz Stadium, Moore Park When: Friday, 18 November 2016 Time: 1.00pm – 4.00pm Format: 20 teams, four pools of five teams, Round Robin games. Four fields, 10 minute games, 30 second half time (change direction), one and a half minutes break between games. Top two from each pool progress to Quarter Finals. Former NRL stars in attendance: Roy Asotasi Danny Buderus Shane Elford Jamie Feeney Joe Galuvao Dene Halatau Nathan Hindmarsh Peter Jorgensen Jason King Anthony Minichiello Adam Peek Josh Perry Frank Puletua Tony Puletua Anthony QuinnLuke RicketsonAndrew Ryan Willie Talau Nigel Vagana Trent Waterhouse Rhys Wesser Paul Whatuira To confirm your availability or for further information please contact Zoe Zinetti [email protected] or 02 6212 2809 by Monday, 14 November 2016.Related LinksCalling all referees!last_img read more

Rockfort Gets Internet Café

first_img Residents of Rockfort in Kingston now have easier access to Internet and other computer-related services with the establishment of a community access point (CAP) in the community by the Universal Service Fund (USF) at a cost of $2.6 million.The Rockfort Internet Café, located at Glasspole Avenue, is equipped with 13 desktop computers, two printers, one server unit with supporting network capability, a projector and screen, as well as desks and chairs.The 258th CAP site to be established, it is a homework and research centre for residents, serving several districts, including Pleasant Heights, Johnson Town, Rennock Lodge, Shanty and Norman Gardens, and Springfield.Solar panels are to be installed at the location at a cost of $3.5 million, in keeping with the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology’s thrust for all CAP sites to be equipped with solar solutions in order to cut down on operating costs.At the commissioning ceremony on Friday (November 24), Director of Projects at the USF, Everold Simms, noted that the café will “serve as a gateway to self-improvement”, and encouraged the residents to take care of the facility.“This centre belongs to you. You are the custodians, and I expect that you will protect and care it,” he said.Member of Parliament for East Kingston and Port Royal, Phillip Paulwell, welcomed the opening of the centre and commended the work of the USF in providing access to technology for all persons.“The fund has been used to create centres like this. This is a world-class facility… and we want to make sure that the little boy in basic school right up to the senior has access to this facility,” he said.The opening of the centre was endorsed by representatives from several entities, including the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Community Empowerment and Transformation (COMET II) Project; Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP); and the Social Development Commission (SDC). The 258th CAP site to be established, it is a homework and research centre for residents, serving several districts including Pleasant Heights, Johnson Town, Rennock Lodge, Shanty and Norman Gardens and Springfield. Residents of Rockfort in Kingston now have easier access to internet and other computer-related services with the establishment of a community access point (CAP) in the community by the Universal Service Fund (USF) at a cost of $2.6 million. At the commissioning ceremony on Friday (Nov. 24), Director of Projects at the USF, Everold Simms, noted that the cafe will “serve as a gateway to self-improvement” and encouraged the residents to care the facility. Story Highlightslast_img read more

India Iran to step up cooperation on Afghanistan

first_imgNEW DELHI – India and Iran said Saturday that they would step up co-operation in combatting extremism, terrorism and drug trafficking in Afghanistan in an effort to restore peace and stability to the war-wracked country.Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the two countries would also make efforts to improve energy security and regional connectivity to reach landlocked Afghanistan and Central Asia by developing Iran’s Chabahar Port and road and rail routes.“We both will work for restoring peace, stability, prosperity and a pluralistic system in Afghanistan,” Modi said after holding talks with Rouhani in New Delhi on the final day of Rouhani’s three-day visit.Rouhani said Iran and India “are prepared for joint ventures in gas and petroleum sectors.” He sought India’s investment in these areas, as well as in the industrial and mining sectors.He said Afghanistan must be “a vivacious and secure country,” adding that Iran and India would also co-operate in dealing with the situations in Iraq, Syria and Yemen. Iran is a key stakeholder in the future of those nations.Rouhani’s visit to India came at a time when President Donald Trump has threatened to scuttle an international deal reached with Iran in 2015 over its nuclear program that ended economic sanctions imposed on the country.The uncertainty puts India in a difficult position with its growing ties with the United States.Rouhani referred to Trump’s threat on the nuclear deal, and said that “politics without adhering to one’s commitment and promises cannot resolve the conflicts and problems of the current world.”He also accused the United States of intervening in the internal affairs of countries in the Middle East.“Why did they (U.S.) invade Iraq? Why are they in Syria now? Why have they occupied a part of Syria now?” Rouhani asked while giving a speech at the Observer Research Foundation, an Indian think-tank.“We know that selling arms is a very profitable business,” he said. “We are aware that the factories that produce arms need customers.”India and Iran signed agreements Saturday for avoidance of double taxation and implementing an extradition treaty signed in 2008. Another agreement envisaged the pooling of technical, scientific and human resources between the two countries.India will also help Iran in running a multipurpose container terminal at the Chabahar Port for 18 months as part of a lease agreement. India is helping Iran develop Chabahar Port on the Gulf of Oman for trade with Afghanistan and Central Asia, bypassing Pakistan, which has refused to provide New Delhi access through a land route.India committed up to $500 million for the development of Chabahar along with associated roads and rail lines.last_img read more