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ADMIN posted a blog entry in Geo News BlogRAWALPINDI: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) on Saturday appointed a prominent lawyer of the Rawalpindi Bar as the party's vice president for Rawalpindi district. A notification issued by the party's general secretary for Central Punjab confirmed the appointment of Raja Muhammad Naseer by Qamar Zaman Kaira the President for PPP Central Punjab.
ADMIN posted a blog entry in Geo News BlogFederal Reserve Governor Jerome Powell attends a conference at the Brookings Institution in Washington, US, August 3, 2015. REUTERS/Carlos Barria/Files WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump is considering a scenario in which he would nominate Fed Governor Jerome Powell and Stanford University economist John Taylor for the two top positions at the Federal Reserve Board, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said on Friday. Under the scenario, Trump would pick one or the other for the Fed chair position and the other for vice chair. ?That is something that is under consideration but he hasn?t ruled out a number of options. He?ll have an announcement on that soon, in the coming days,? Sanders told reporters.
ADMIN posted a blog entry in Geo News Blog[embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/fdb11489584f1f637f766245279ed453.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9MTAvMTgvMjAxNyA1OjQ3OjEwIFBNJmhhc2hfdmFsdWU9SVV4MTEyUjdmTHpMZWJ1dUR3L2RRUT09JnZhbGlkbWludXRlcz02MCZpZD0x style=center] ISLAMABAD: The US Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday telephoned Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to thank him for the safe recovery of the US national Caitlin Coleman, her husband Joshua Boyle, and their three children. The foreign nationals were captured in Afghanistan by terrorists. Photo: Reuters Pence thanked the government of Pakistan and praised the professionalism of the army and intelligence agencies for the swift response and safe recovery of the US-Canadian family. The US VP reaffirmed the importance of bilateral relations and said that the US would like to further build this relationship for peace and prosperity of the region. Re-affirming Pakistan?s resolve to eliminate terrorism from its soil, the prime minister assured the US vice president that Pakistan would respond to any actionable intelligence shared by the US side. The two leaders agreed to maintain high-level engagements to strengthen cooperation in areas of mutual interest. Vice President Pence also accepted Abbasi's invitation to visit Pakistan in the near future. Earlier, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson also called to convey US government?s gratitude for the safe recovery of the hostages. Pakistan Army rescues Canadian-US family kidnapped by terrorists Trump identified the kidnapped couple as Caitlan Coleman and Joshua Boyle The Pakistan Army, on October 12, recovered the five foreign hostages who were kidnapped in Afghanistan in 2012. The operation by Pakistani forces, based on actionable intelligence by US authorities, led to the successful recovery of the hostages. US intelligence services had been tracking the movement of the hostages and informed Pakistani law enforcement agencies when the hostages were moved across the Pak-Afghan border into Kurram agency on October 11, 2017.
ADMIN posted a blog entry in Geo News BlogUS Vice President Mike Pence tweeted this picture of him earlier WASHINGTON: US Vice President Mike Pence walked out of an NFL game Sunday after some players kneeled for the national anthem, the latest twist in a running saga over the controversial protests against racial injustice. Pence said that he departed after seeing players kneel during a rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" before his home team the Indianapolis Colts hosted the San Francisco 49ers. "I left today´s Colts game because President (Donald) Trump and I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem," Pence wrote on Twitter. While Colts players stood arm-in-arm for the anthem, more than 20 San Francisco players took a knee. It was a less organized gesture than the 49ers´ demonstration last week, when 30 players knelt with hands on hearts while teammates stood behind them. But it should have come as little shock to Pence, an Indiana native who had tweeted his photo in Colts cap and shirt before the game. "While everyone is entitled to their own opinions, I don´t think it´s too much to ask NFL players to respect the Flag and our National Anthem," Pence tweeted. "I stand with President Trump, I stand with our soldiers, and I will always stand for our Flag and our National Anthem." Trump weighed in later via Twitter, taking credit for the departure of Pence and his wife from the stadium. "I asked @VP Pence to leave stadium if any players kneeled, disrespecting our country. I am proud of him and @SecondLady Karen," he said. San Francisco safety Eric Reid, one of the first players to embrace the anthem protest after it was initiated by former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick last year, said Pence´s walkout looked like a publicity stunt. ´Systemic oppression´ "With the information I have, the last time he went to a Colts game was three years ago, so this looks like a PR stunt to me," said Reid, noting that the picture Pence had tweeted of himself and his wife in Colts apparel appeared to be the same as one taken at a game three years ago. The vice president also tweeted a picture of himself, clad in a button-down shirt and blazer, and his wife standing for the anthem on Sunday. "He knew our team has had the most players protest. He knew we were probably going to do it again," Reid said. "And so this is what systemic oppression looks like -- a man with power comes to the game, tweets a couple things out and leaves the game with an attempt to thwart our efforts." Trump angered NFL stars, team owners and league officials last month in describing players who refused to stand for the anthem as "sons of bitches." His comments sparked a wave of demonstrations around the league, with many players and some team owners locking arms in a sign of unity. The NFL Players Association issued a statement on Sunday reiterating its support of players´ rights to express their views. "We should not stifle these discussions and cannot allow our rights to become subservient to the very opinions our Constitution protects," the union said. Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones also weighed in on the issue, threatening to bench players who do not stand for the anthem. "If we are disrespecting the flag, then we will not play. Period," Jones said after the Cowboys´ 35-31 loss to the Green Bay Packers in Dallas. "I´m very supportive of the team, but under no circumstances will the Dallas Cowboys -- I don´t care what happens -- under no circumstances will we as an organization, coaches, players, not support and stand and recognize and honor the flag. Period." Pence, who flew to Indianapolis from Las Vegas and was scheduled to head west to Los Angeles, came in for criticism from outside the sports world for his abbreviated appearance at the game. "After all the scandals involving unnecessarily expensive travel by cabinet secretaries, how much taxpayer money was wasted on this stunt?" Congressman Adam Schiff, a Democrat from California, said in a tweet.
ADMIN posted a blog entry in Geo News BlogRAWALPINDI: The government on Friday appointed Air Marshal Farooq Habib as Vice Chief of the Air Staff, said a press release from the Pakistan Air Force (PAF). Air Marshal Habib was commissioned in the GD (P) branch of PAF in 1982. During his career, he has commanded a fighter squadron, an operational air Base and served as Commandant Air War College, Faisal. He has also commanded PAF?s Super Mushshak contingent in Saudi Arabia. His staff appointments include Deputy Director Operations Branch and Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Safety), Deputy Chief of the Air Staff (Training) and Deputy Chief of the Air Staff (Personnel) at Air Headquarters, added the PAF. He is also a qualified flying instructor and a graduate of Combat Commanders? School, Air War College, and National Defence University. He holds master?s degrees in strategic studies and defence & strategic studies. He is a recipient of Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Military) and Hilal-i-Imtiaz (Military).
ADMIN posted a blog entry in Geo News Blog[embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/74e583979673d66aedf270f54bd75a5a.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9OS8xOS8yMDE3IDM6MjA6MjEgUE0maGFzaF92YWx1ZT1JUHZVbWNQM0RIZk5UdlhXek5HcGZ3PT0mdmFsaWRtaW51dGVzPTYwJmlkPTE= style=center] ISLAMABAD: Chairman Senate Raza Rabbani on Tuesday suggested Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to not meet US Vice President Mike Pence, during his visit to New York. In response to reports of Abbasi's meeting with Pence, Rabbani said, "I suggest the prime minister not to meet the US vice president. If President Trump is not meeting him then the [Pakistan] prime minister should also not meet Mike Pence." PM Abbasi arrived in New York Monday afternoon to lead the country's delegation to the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). PM Abbasi lands in New York to address UNGA, meet world leaders Pakistani Ambassadors to the US and the UN Aizaz Chaudhry and Maleeha Lodhi, respectively, received Prime Minister Abbasi in New York The Pakistan premier ? despite looking at a tight schedule during his four-day visit to the US ? will be interacting with US Vice President Mike Pence. He will also partake in UN events pertaining to the UNGA as well as those related to forums on the 193-member body's sidelines. Rabbani said that meeting Pence is tantamount to "disrespecting Pakistan and would be a contemptuous act". The Senate chairman said that Pakistan has key role in war against terrorism, noting that US supplies pass through the country before entering into Afghanistan. "If the US president declines to meet you saying he is busy, then you should also convey to them that we too are busy," he said. "If Trump does not have time for Pakistan, then Pakistan is short of it as well." Anti-Pakistan posters in Geneva Rabbani also sought a reply from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs about steps taken over anti-Pakistan posters displayed in Geneva, Switzerland, by a banned militant outfit. He said that posters by outlawed Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) emerged on taxis, buses and roads in Geneva, and demanded the ministry to give a policy statement in the Senate on Wednesday about steps it took pertaining to the matter. The Senate chairman questioned as what has the government conveyed to the Swiss government regarding the issue. He said "if the West was accusing Pakistan of allowing terrorists to use its soil, then the Swiss government was also encouraging these terrorists and separatists, who intend to break Pakistan".
ADMIN posted a blog entry in Geo News BlogDr Mohammad Ajmal Khan during a news conference on Friday - Geo News screen grab KARACHI: There is no presence of a terrorist wing at the Karachi University, said the varsity?s Vice Chancellor Dr Mohammad Ajmal Khan. During a news conference on Friday, Dr Khan said the varsity had not made a decision to share student data with agencies. According to Dr Khan, Karachi University had not received any information from security agencies, rather information was received via the media. The vice chancellor said no decision would be taken which would create difficulties for students, however, the decision to seek a character certificate was discussed during a recently held meeting. Dr Khan was also in favour of the student union being restored at the varsity. On Tuesday it was reported that Karachi University would share details of students involved in suspicious activity with intelligence agencies. The presence of terrorist elements at Karachi University has been highlighted after it was revealed that Sarosh Siddiqui, the mastermind of the Eid-day attack on MQM-P leader Khawaja Izharil Hasan was a student at the varsity. Siddiqui who is said to be a commander of the terrorist group Ansarul Sharia is still at large. Dr Khan expressed pride in the students and faculty of Karachi University, adding that the issues being faced by the varsity were blown out of proportion. ?The university will suffer if issues are portrayed like this.? He emphasised that the varsity was working on security issues and was cooperating with security agencies. The vice chancellor also shed light on the financial difficulties being faced by Karachi University calling upon the government to provide assistance.
ADMIN posted a blog entry in Geo News BlogImage Courtesy: African Quarters DAKAR: A landslide in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo likely killed more than 200 people, based on estimates from the number of households submerged, the vice governor of affected Ituri province said on Friday. The landslide struck the village of Tora, on the shores of Lake Albert, a seismically active zone in the western Rift Valley, on Thursday. "There are many people submerged whom we were unable to save," Pacifique Keta, the vice governor of Ituri province, where Tora lies, told Reuters by telephone. "The rescue is very complicated because there are mountains everywhere, which makes it very difficult to have access." Many parts of west and central Africa are vulnerable to landslides because land is heavily deforested and communities crowd into steep hillsides. On Friday, Sierra Leone buried 461 victims of a mudslide that swept away homes on the edge of Freetown, the capital, and 600 more people are missing. Eastern Congo has the added risk of being on a seismic fault line, which means it frequently suffers earthquakes and sometimes volcano eruptions. Keta said the toll was an estimate based on the number of households submerged and the population of the households. He said that so far about 40 people had been buried. "We are trying to enhance the emergency response. The aid agencies and MINUSCO (the U.N. peacekeeping force) are there to evacuate bodies and any survivors as quickly as possible," Keta said.
ADMIN posted a blog entry in Geo News BlogISLAMABAD: Two air commodores of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) were promoted to the rank of air vice marshal on Tuesday by the government, said a statement released by the PAF. Hamid Rashid Randhawa and Nasser ul Haq Wyne were promoted as air vice marshals Air Vice Marshal Hamid Rashid Randhawa was commissioned as a pilot in the PAF in June 1988. A qualified flying instructor, he has commanded a squadron, a wing and an air base. In his staff appointments, he has served as assistant chief of the air staff (safety) and personal staff officer to the chief of the air staff at Air Headquarters. He is a graduate of the Combat Commanders? School and the National Defence University. He holds a Master?s degree in War Studies. He is a recipient of Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Military) and Tamgha-i-Imtiaz (Military). Air Vice Marshal Nasser ul Haq Wyne was also commissioned as a pilot in the PAF in June 1988. He is a qualified flying instructor and has commanded the Flying Instructors? School, a squadron, a wing, and an air base. As part of his staff assignments, he has served as the secretary to the chief of the air staff at Air Headquarters. He has also served as air attaché to China. He is a graduate of Combat Commanders? School, Air War College and National Defence University. He holds a Master?s degree in Strategic Studies and War Studies and Defence Management. He is a recipient of Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Military) and Tamgha-i-Imtiaz (Military).
ADMIN posted a blog entry in Geo News BlogRAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Bajwa met with Saudi Vice Defence Minister on Wednesday and discussed matters pertaining to defence and bilateral ties, according to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). The army media wing?s statement quoted the army chief as saying that Pakistan attaches great importance to its strategic relations with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. General Bajwa also said that Pakistan is determined for the protection of Haramain Sharifain, according to the ISPR. The Saudi minister praised Pakistan?s efforts against terrorism and assured it of cooperation in every matter, the ISPR added.
waqas dar posted a blog entry in Geo News BlogISLAMABAD: The Government of Pakistan on Monday announced promotions in the Pakistan Air Force advancing two Air Vice Marshals to the rank of Air Marshal and four Air Commodores to the rank of Air VIce Marshal. Air Vice Marshal Shahid Akhtar Alvi and Air Vice Marshal Ahmer Shehzad were promoted to the rank of Air Marshal and Air Commodore Abrar Ahmed, Air Commodore Irfan Zaka, Air Commodore Irfan Ahmad and Air Commodore Asad Ikram to the rank of Air Vice Marshal. Air Marshal Shahid Akhtar Alvi was commissioned in GD (P) Branch of Pakistan Air Force in November, 1984. During his illustrious career, he has commanded a Fighter Squadron, an Operational Air Base and a Regional Air Command. In his staff appointments he has served as Deputy Inspector General IG Branch, Senior Air Staff Officer Air Defence Command, Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Security) and Director General Air Intelligence. He has also served as Air Attaché to India. Presently, he is performing his duties as Deputy Chief of Air Staff (Training) at Air Headquarters. He is a graduate of Combat Commanders? School, Air War College and National Defence University, Islamabad. He holds Master?s degrees in Strategic Studies and Defence & Strategic Studies. For rendering meritorious services to Pakistan Air Force, he has been awarded Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Military). Air Marshal Ahmer Shehzad was commissioned in GD (P) Branch of Pakistan Air Force in November 1984. During his illustrious career, he has commanded Combat Commanders? School (F-7) Squadron and an Operational Air Base. In his staff appointments, he has served as Director Ops Project, Chief Project Director Falcon and Director General (Logistics) at Joint Staff Headquarters Chaklala. Presently he is serving as Director General (Projects) at Air Headquarters Islamabad. He has also served as Air Attaché to USA. He is a graduate of Combat Commanders? School, National Defence University and Command & Staff College UK. He holds a Master?s degree in War Studies and a Master?s degree in Defence Studies from UK. He is a recipient of Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Military) and Legion of Merit (USA). Air Vice Marshal Abrar Ahmed was commissioned in GD (P) Branch of Pakistan Air Force in January, 1988. He is a qualified Flying Instructor. During his illustrious career, he has commanded a Fighter Squadron, a Flying Wing and an Operational Air Base. In his staff appointments, he has served as Director Flight Safety and Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Personnel- Officers) at Air Headquarters. He is a graduate of Combat Commanders? School, Air War College, National Defence University and Air Command & Staff College (USA). He holds Master?s degrees in Strategic Studies and National Security Strategy (USA). He is a recipient of Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Military). Air Vice Marshal Irfan Zaka was commissioned in GD (P) Branch of Pakistan Air Force in January, 1988. He is a qualified Flying Instructor. During his illustrious career, he has commanded a Fighter Squadron, a Flying Training Wing and an Operational Air Base. In his staff appointments, he has served as Director GD Group and Director Infra at Air Headquarters. He has also served as Air Attaché to India. He is a graduate of Combat Commanders? School, Air War College (Turkey) and National Defence University. He holds Master?s degree in War Studies and Defence Management. He is a recipient of Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Military). Air Vice Marshal Irfan Ahmad was commissioned in GD (P) Branch of Pakistan Air Force in June, 1988. During his illustrious career, he has commanded a Fighter Squadron, a Flying Wing and an Operational Air Base. In his staff appointments, he has served as Director Operations, Senior Air Staff Officer (Southern Air Command) and Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (OR&D) at Air Headquarters. He is a graduate of Combat Commanders? School, and National Defence University. He holds Master?s degree in Security Studies from USA and M Phil in Public Policy & Strategic Security Management. He is a recipient of Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Military). Air Vice Marshal Asad Ikram was commissioned in Engineering Branch of Pakistan Air Force in June 1988. During his illustrious career, he has served as Chief Engineer JF-17 Co-Project and Deputy Managing Director Avionics Production Factory at Pakistan Aeronautical Complex, Kamra. He has also served as Commandant College of Aeronautical Engineering at PAF Academy Asghar Khan. He holds Bachelor?s degree in Aerospace Engineering and a Master?s degree in Electrical & Computer Engineering from USA. He is a recipient of Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Military).
ADMIN posted a blog entry in FDF Online NewsIf the Indian Premier League (IPL) is labelled as the most flamboyant cricket league, then Lalit Modi - it's first chairman and commissioner - was arguably the most stylish cricket administrator in the world. From his grand entrances to hanging out with celebrities in style, Modi was living his life king-size amidst comparisons with Don King (boxing promoter) and Bernie Ecclestone (F1 promoter). © Twitter However, after successfully running the tournament for three years, the business tycoon was suspended and later expelled from the BCCI on 22 charges including bid rigging, betting and money laundering. Since then, Modi has continued to keep close tabs on the league during his exile in London. © Twitter It's like no conversation surrounding the IPL is complete without at least one individual mentioning Modi's name. So when the tenth edition of the IPL is in full flow, Modi couldn't have possibly missed out on making his presence felt. The former IPL chairman sent shockwaves across the cricket-frenzy nation after sharing a document that turned out to be the appointment letter of MS Dhoni during his stint as the Vice President of India Cements - a company owned by former BCCI supremo N Srinivasan. It seems only in #india #contempt after contempt continues by the #old #guards of @bcci - How ? My best guess is #northblock. But most #puzzling is this #employment #contract of #MSD - WHY ? he earns 100's of crores a year will he #agree to be #SRINI'S #employee. bet there are many such contracts. 😳😳😳 A post shared by Lalit Modi (@lalitkmodi) on May 8, 2017 at 1:23am PDT The ‘appointment letter’ claims that Dhoni was offered the post of Vice President (Marketing) at the company’s corporate office in Chennai with effect from July, 2012. As per the ‘contract’, Dhoni was offered a basic pay of Rs 43,000 per month and Dearness Allowance of Rs 21,970. Dhoni, the contract alleges, was also subject to Special Pay of Rs 20,000. © Twitter The allowances available for Dhoni, the contract says, were Enhanced HRA of Rs. 20,400 while stationed in Chennai; Special HRA of Rs. 8,400 per month if in Chennai and Rs. 8,000/month if outside; Special Allowance of Rs.60,000 per month and finally Education/Newspaper Expenses of Rs. 175 per month. It seems only in #india #contempt after contempt continues by the #old #guards of bcci - How ?… https://t.co/4gDxc8584e — Lalit Kumar Modi (@LalitKModi) May 8, 2017 While sharing the document on Twitter, Modi wrote, “It seems only in #india #contempt after contempt continues by the #old #guards of @bcci – How? My best guess is #northblock. But most #puzzling is this #employment #contract of #MSD – WHY? he earns 100’s of crores a year will he #agree to be #SRINI’S #employee. bet there are many such contracts”. After Modi's revelations, his son Ruchir - who is set to contest polls for the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) - quickly joined the chorus on Twitter. Shocking 2 c this kind of behaviour continuing in the #BCCI @msdhoni earns over 100 cr per year yet is a employee of #ChennaiCements https://t.co/GMnd3wtXVG — Ruchir Lalit Modi (@RuchirLModi) May 8, 2017 “Shocking 2 c this kind of behaviour continuing in the #BCCI @msdhoni earns over 100 cr per year yet is a employee of #ChennaiCements,” Ruchir tweeted.
waqas dar posted a blog entry in Geo News BlogTEHRAN: Iran's president must get a second term to secure the economic benefits that he promised would result from a diplomatic thaw with the West, Vice President Masoumeh Ebtekar said ahead of a May 19 election. Hassan Rouhani's hardline challengers for the presidency, some of whom are close to supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, say he traded away too much in a 2015 deal with world powers that limited Iran's nuclear work but failed to deliver sufficient rewards. In a rare interview with a trio of foreign reporters at an EU-Iran business forum on Sunday, Ebtekar, one of Iran's 12 vice presidents, said voters should not give up on Rouhani. "He needs more time ... He has to be given a chance to be able to continue his program," said Ebtekar, one of Iran's most prominent women politicians. "Rouhani has done a lot to overcome some of the hurdles that the investors find when they are coming," she said in a nod to concerns over red tape and opaque rules voiced by foreign companies that Iran hopes to attract. As a young woman, Ebtekar was the face of the radical students who occupied the US Embassy and held its staff hostage for 444 days at the time of the 1979 Islamic revolution. Known as "Mary", she spoke in calm, fluent English to the world's media, putting the hostage-takers' side of the incident that remains a painful memory for the United States and is one of the reasons Washington considers the Iranian Republic a pariah state. At 56, she is now firmly in the reformist camp, endorsing Rouhani's vision of a freer society and diplomatic detente after the lifting of sanctions under the deal he engineered. If hardliners describe the nuclear deal as a limited engagement with the West on a single issue, Ebtekar sees it as the beginning of a new era of international engagement to realize what she says are the hopes of Iran's younger generation to end its long isolation. HIGH EXPECTATIONS "There is a lot being done which is creating a lot of hope and optimism but at the same time the expectations for the nuclear deal are still very high," said Ebtekar, her smiling face framed by a traditional black chador over a turquoise scarf. With unilateral US sanctions still in place, Ebtekar said voters understood that it was not Rouhani's fault that the nuclear deal had yet to improve their daily lives. "They understand that mostly the problem is coming from outside. Our government has done its share ... now it is up to our partners in the deal to do their share as well. "This opening up will create a better atmosphere, and I hope that they will – particularly countries like the United States – will stand up to their commitments," Ebtekar said. Ayatollah Khamenei's scepticism over Rouhani's detente policy is echoed by his strongest challenger, Ebrahim Raisi, a hardline cleric seen as a possible future supreme leader, who says Iran has no need of foreign help. Ebtekar, however, said the election is Rouhani's to lose, pointing to parliamentary polls in which the conservatives lost ground. The alliance of moderates and reformists that helped carry him to power in 2013, she said, "gives him a very strong position." Ebtekar rejected the view of Western and Gulf Arab states that Iran is an aggressor in the Middle East, saying it has peaceful intentions but also had the right to defend itself from foreign threats. Iran's backing of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, the militant Lebanese group Hezbollah and alleged support for Yemen's Houthi fighters has put it at odds with the United States and regional rival Saudi Arabia. "We are looking forward to play our role to promote peace and also security in the region," Ebtekar said. "But it's natural for the people living in this region to defend themselves, it's very natural for Lebanon to defend itself, Syria, the Palestinians. So defense is another issue."