After the Government of Pakistan broke with the Taliban, "serious difficulties" that had marred relations between Islamabad and Tehran of late ceased to exist, Iran's Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi said on Saturday. During his three-day visit to Pakistan, Kamal Kharazi met with Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf and held a round of consultations with his Pakistani counterpart Abdul Sattar. At a joint press conference the two Foreign Ministers announced that their countries opened "a new era of cooperation". The Ministers also said they want the parties taking part in the conference on Afghanistan, currently held in Bonn, to reach the consensus on the make-up of Afghanistan's future Government as soon as possible. At the same time, according to diplomatic sources, the two sides still differ with regard to the best candidates to the posts of Afghanistan's President and Prime Minister. Iran supports Burhanuddin Rabbani, the current leader of the Islamic State of Afghanistan, whereas Pakistan advocates the candidature of Afghanistan's former King, Zahir Shah, as the country's future President.
After the incident with the shootdown of the Ilyushin Il-20 reconnaissance aircraft over the Mediterranean Sea, Russia will supply an S-300 anti-aircraft missile system to Syria
Indeed, how dare they run US-independent policy? They should have followed the example of the European Union that turned independent states of the Old World into US-ditto entities