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U.S. terminating 1955 Treaty of Amity with Iran, Pompeo says

Written by Maritime First

…As 96 illegal Asian migrants voluntarily deported from Libya***

U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, said on Wednesday that the U.S. is terminating the 1955 Treaty of Amity with Iran.

Pompeo said at a news conference that “I’m announcing that the U.S. is terminating the 1955 Treaty of Amity with Iran. This is a decision, frankly, that is 39 years overdue.’’

The U.S. will see the practical impact of pulling out of the treaty, he added.

Earlier Wednesday, the Hague-based International Court of Justice issued a verdict against U.S. unilateral sanctions, following U.S. withdrawal from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

The court said that the restoration of sanctions against Iran by U.S. President Donald Trump violated the terms of the treaty between the two countries.

It ordered the U.S. to ensure that its sanctions against Iran will not affect the humanitarian condition or threaten civil aviation safety.

In response, Pompeo said that Iran was abusing the court for its own political purposes.

“We’re disappointed that the court failed to recognise that it has no jurisdiction to issue any order relating to these sanctions measures with the U.S.,” Pompeo said.

Pompeo also blamed Iran for threats to American missions in Iraq, days after he announced the closing of the U.S. consulate in the Iraqi city of Basra.

Iran’s Foreign Ministry has condemned the U.S. claim as “irresponsible,” saying that such attempts to shift the blame onto others would not erase the U.S. “destructive” role in Iraq.

Meanwhile, Libyan authorities in cooperation with the International Organisation for Migration, on Wednesday, deported 96 illegal immigrants from Bangladesh and Pakistan voluntarily to their countries.

The Libyan Anti-illegal Immigration Department said in a statement that 60 migrants from Bangladesh and 36 others from Pakistan left the capital Tripoli’s international airport to their countries.

The deportation is part of the voluntary return programme, carried out by the organisation with the aim to arrange the return of illegal migrants stranded in Libya to their countries of origin.

Migrant shelters in Libya are crowded with thousands of migrants who have been rescued at sea or arrested by the Libyan security services.

Libya has become a preferred departure point for illegal migrants hoping to cross the Mediterranean Sea into Europe due to insecurity and chaos in the country.

This follows the 2011 uprising that toppled former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi who was captured and and killed by National Transitional Council forces on October 20, 2011 during the Battle of Sirte.

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