Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

Online reactions to Kurdish referendum

Read more

THE DEBATE

Iraq's Kurds: Will referendum really lead to independence?

Read more

TALKING EUROPE

Catalonia independence vote: Tensions rise between Barcelona and Madrid

Read more

TALKING EUROPE

Catalonia’s regional foreign affairs chief: ‘This referendum is not illegal’

Read more

ENCORE!

Music show: Lucy Rose live, Ibeyi and Miley Cyrus

Read more

FOCUS

Judicial reforms: Polish government on collision course with EU

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Euro, stocks slide on Merkel's lacklustre election win

Read more

#THE 51%

Hola 'Ellas Hoy' - The 51 Percent welcomes its sister show on FRANCE 24 Spanish

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Donald Trump Vs NFL: America's divider in chief or America's saviour?

Read more

Asia-pacific

Italy deems Iran a no-show for G8 summit

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2009-06-25

As Iran failed to meet a deadline to accept an invitation to Thursday’s G8 summit, host Italy declared it was forced to consider that Iran had declined to attend.

REUTERS - Italy said on Monday that Iran appeared to have rejected an invitation to this week's Group of Eight foreign ministers meeting, after a deadline passed for Tehran to signal its participation.

 
Foreign Minister Franco Frattini had given Iran's government, facing street protests over this month's contested presidential election, until the end of Monday to accept the invite to the summit in the northern Italian port of Trieste.


"With three days to go, I still do not have a reply: I must consider that Iran has declined the invitation," Frattini, who will host the summit, told Italian television. "Iran has lost an opportunity by not participating in the conference."


The three-day Trieste meeting, which opens on Thursday, is due to discuss means of bringing greater stability to Afghanistan, which shares a long western border with Iran.


But delegates from the world's main industrial powers are also expected to discuss the unrest in Iran.


Tehran's relations with the West have been shaken by the protests following the re-election of hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Iranian authorities have accused Western powers of supporting the street protests -- the most widespread since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

 

Date created : 2009-06-22

COMMENT(S)