Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Iran

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Iran

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See also, Arab-Israeli Conflict, Information Technology, Petroleum Affairs, Regional Affairs, Afghanistan, Iraq


Oct. 22: Hundreds of Iranian soccer fans clashed with police in Tehran after the national team lost a World Cup qualifying match to Bahrain. [BBC, 10/22]

Oct. 31: After talks with the Iranian President, Mohammed Khatami, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Ruud Lubbers, said he had failed to persuade Iran to open its borders to Afghan refugees. Lubbers said some agreement had been reached with Iran for hardship cases to receive attention at the border. In return, he was promised to try and gain international funds to help Iranian relief efforts. [BBC, 10/31]

Nov. 1: The Foreign Minister of Iran, Kamal Kharrazi, visited in Japan to discuss the conflict in Afghanistan. [BBC, 11/1]

Nov. 2: Conditions were deteriorating at two overcrowded Afghan refugee camps near the Iranian border, with reported outbreaks of cholera, tuberculosis and dysentery. [BBC, 11/2]

Nov. 7: Officials reported that 40,000 or more Afghans may have slipped across the remote frontier into Iran by smuggling routes since September 11. [BBC, 11/7]

Nov. 11: Twenty-five dissidents accused of acting against Iranian national security and plotting to overthrow the country's Islamic regime had gone on trial in Iran. The hearing was held behind closed doors in the capital, Teheran. The trial was part of a campaign by the hard-line judiciary against advocates of greater democracy. The defendants were part of a liberal opposition group, the Freedom Movement, which was banned in March of 2001. [BBC, 11/11]

An Iranian television station briefly interrupted its programming to broadcast part of a CNN's live coverage of an American Airlines plane crash in NY It was believed to be the first time an Iranian station showed a broadcast from a Western network. [NYT, 11/11]

Nov. 13: US Secretary of State Colin Powell shook hands with his Iranian counterpart, Kamal Kharazi at the UN, the first such gesture of high-level amity in decades. It came at an eight-nation meeting on forming a post-Taliban Afghan government. [NYT, 11/ 13]

Nov. 19: Iran denied the comments of US Under-Secretary of State, John Bolton that Iran, Libya, and North Korea had biological-warfare capabilities. [BBC, 11/19]

Nov. 21: UK Foreign Secretary Jack Straw announced he was to visit Iran and Pakistan with the aim of urging the two nations to use their influence positively over the different tribal, ethnic, and political groups vying for control of Afghanistan. [BBC, 11 21]

Nov. 22: In a meeting with his British counterpart Jack Straw in Tehran, Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi said that "handling Afghan issues should be left to the Afghan people." He said that further deployment of foreign troops to Afghanistan would only complicate the crisis in the country. [BBC, 11/22]

Nov. 30: Pakistani Foreign Minister `Abdul Sattar said after talks with his Iranian counterpart Kamal Kharrazi in Islamabad, that the "sun was shining" on ties between the two countries. Kharrazi said that both countries had agreed to set up a joint committee to work with UN and other international bodies on the reconstruction of Afghanistan. …

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