Iran and U.S to hold direct talks

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei had approved for President Hassan Rouhani to engage in direct talks with the United States to end decades of bilateral hostility. A U.S. attack on Syria however, would have delayed the negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program. US President Barack Obama had also revealed an exchange of letters with Rouhani. The IAEA  held ten rounds of talks with Iran since 2012 regarding its nuclear programme. The Iranian atomic energy chief Ali Akbar Salehi stressed that Iran would never compromise over what it sees as its right to a civilian nuclear energy program. Iran’s talks with the powers may be debated at U.N. General Assembly meeting later in the month.

Afghanistan’s presidential election process started

The candidate registration process for presidential election and provincial council elections in Afghanistan due on April 5, 2014 had begun, with the withdrawal of U.S military forces from Afghanistan in the background. Fox News and World Bulletin reported on the potential candidates for the posts. The upcoming polls would be Afghanistan’s third presidential election since the ouster of the Taliban regime by US-led forces in 2001.

Sri Lankan Northern Provincial election

On September 21st, the Tamil-majority North in Sri Lanka would go for elections after a three decade-long conflict with the Sri Lankan government that ended in 2009. The main contest is between the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and the Sri Lankan government. The interest in the elections to the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) had gone beyond the shores of Sri Lanka and affected Tamil Nadu and drew up interests of Western nations on Lankan minority interests.

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