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Here is today’s foreign policy: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken calls on Iran to return to the negotiating table, Russian President Vladimir Putin receives Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko in Moscow and liberal parties dominate the election result in Morocco.

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Here is today’s foreign policy: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken urges Iran to return to the negotiating table, the Russian President Vladimir Putin receives the Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko in Moscow and liberal parties dominate the election results in Morocco.

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On Wednesday US Secretary of State Antony Blinken urged Iran to stop negotiations with the world powers over a return to the nuclear deal from 2015 and warned the new administration in Tehran that the US’s patience was already exhausted “The other party understands that it will take two to three months for the new government to be in place and plan any kind of decision. ”

This timeframe was mocked by Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, who described it as“ far too long ”.

During a visit to Germany on Wednesday with Maas, Blinken said that the United States had » become very clear, that the ability to re-join the [deal], to return to mutual compliance, is not unlimited « .

Indeed, Amirabdollahian’s proposed gap of two to three months fits into the Biden government’s schedule, which was officially indirect in April Has started talks with Iran – around three months after taking office. However, Maas and Blinken’s comments reflect growing concerns that the new Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi is not interested in following in the footsteps of his predecessor Hassan Rouhani and accepting restrictions on the Iranian nuclear program in exchange for sanctions and greater economic freedoms.

On Saturday, Raisi said his government was open to « target-oriented negotiations » but not in the face of Western « pressure ».

Watchdog concerns. West concerns were heightened recently after two reports from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) criticized Iran for a lack of transparency and obstruction to the work of its inspectors. The nuclear watchdog also pointed to Iran’s recent enrichment activity, in which 10 kilograms of uranium were enriched to 60 percent – well below the threshold required for an atomic bomb, but well above the 3.67 percent allowed in the 2015 agreement.

The two reports have resulted in Iran being considered for the second time this year to receive official criticism from the IAEA Board of Governors. Raisi has warned against any rebuke and told EU Council President Charles Michel that even « unconstructive » steps by the IAEA would disrupt the Vienna negotiation process.

Making Iran happy may initially be in everyone’s interest, as an IAEA Conference on September 21st in Vienna could serve as the unofficial seventh round of talks.

Israel accelerates. While Iran and the US argue diplomatically, Israel is considering a more aggressive stance. On Monday the Israeli chief of staff, Aviv Kochavi, said his military plans to take action against the Iranian nuclear program had « accelerated sharply ».

Putin receives Lukashenko. Russian President Vladimir Putin received Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko in Moscow today on the eve of the military exercises between the two countries. Lukashenko is likely to arrive in the Russian capital as economic sanctions imposed by Western nations for repeated human rights abuses are causing Belarus to seek more help.

Earlier this month, Lukashenko claimed Russia was about to make a big choice military equipment, suggesting the S-400 air defense system could be part of the deal. Lukashenko’s visit adds to a busy day of diplomacy in Moscow as Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov receives his Israeli counterpart Yair Lapid.

Biden on COVID-19 strategy. President Joe Biden is expected to deliver a major public address today in which he will provide an update on the White House’s pandemic response strategy. The speech comes amid stagnating vaccination rates and a national death rate averaging around 1,400 deaths per day – twice as high as last year, when vaccines were not yet available. Biden faces the big challenge of convincing the remaining 30 percent of US adults to get vaccinated.

Elections in Morocco. Morocco’s Justice and Development Party (PJD), the majority power in the country’s coalition government, appears to have fallen sharply in Wednesday’s parliamentary elections following preliminary results showing gains for liberal parties. Initial results show that the Islamist PJD won just 12 seats in parliament this time around, a drop of 113 seats compared to its performance in the 2016 elections. The Liberal National Rally of Independents has more than doubled its 2016 results, winning about a quarter of the available seats in the Moroccan Parliament with 395 seats, while another Liberal party received 82 seats.

China’s Afghan aid. China pledged $ 31 million in aid to Afghanistan on Wednesday as it takes its first steps in an emerging relationship with the new Taliban government. The pledge of food supplies and aid comes ahead of an international donor conference next week where the United Nations is hoping to raise $ 600 million for immediate relief efforts. Beijing’s move underscores the challenge Washington faces in coordinating an international response to the Taliban takeover, which Colum Lynch and Robbie Gramer of Foreign Policy covered in detail on Sept. 2.

Guinea by ECOWAS suspended. The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) suspended Guinea from the organization on Wednesday after a military coup that ousted President Alpha Condé. ECOWAS has called for a « quick return to normal constitutional order » as it is sending a mediation team to the capital, Conakry, today. The coup leader, Lt. Col. Mamady Doumbouya, has promised to form a transitional government despite not saying when it will happen New South Wales banned state have complained of overzealous restrictions after it was discovered that health officials were rationing the amount of alcohol residents were allowed to receive each day.

According to state regulations, residents have a choice of six beers, a bottle of wine or a small bottle of liquor as part of their daily consumption, with one resident complaining that authorities raided care packages sent to the building and ensured compliance with confiscated bottles. The legality of the move has been questioned as current public health regulations do not impose any restrictions on alcohol use.

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