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‘Saudi propaganda’: Iran slams Arab League statement lashing out at Tehran, Hezbollah

Arab League chief Aboul-Gheit also delivered a clear message to Tehran. “We say it in clear terms that Iranian threats have exceeded all boundaries and are pushing the region toward the abyss … (Iran’s) missile program poses a danger to the region.”

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Arab foreign ministers meet during the request of Saudi Arabia, in Cairo, Egypt, November 19, 2017 © Amr Abdallah / Reuters

Iran says a statement by Arab League foreign ministers, which condemned the country and Hezbollah, is “full of lies” and the product of Saudi “pressure and propaganda.” The statement accused Tehran and the militia of destabilizing the region.

The remarks by Iran come after its regional rival Saudi Arabia called on the Arab League to come up with a “non-compromise” solution to deal with Iran’s “aggression” and “disregard for international law.” The call was made during a specially summoned foreign-ministers meeting in Cairo, Egypt.

In response to the Arab League’s statement, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi took aim at Saudi Arabia, calling on it stop its “barbaric attacks” in Yemen. He also called on Riyadh to drop its boycott of Qatar, a country which has close ties to Tehran.

Lebanese President Michel Aoun, an ally of Hezbollah, has also slammed the Arab League’s statement, saying that Lebanon has been subjected to Israeli “aggression” for decades and has the right to defend itself. Hezbollah forced Israel to withdraw from southern Lebanon in 2000. Aoun also denied accusations that the group is a “partner in terrorist attacks.”

Addressing the Arab League foreign ministers’ meeting on Sunday, Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said that “showing leniency toward Iran will not leave any Arab capital safe from those ballistic missiles.” He added that “we are obliged today to take a serious and honest stand…to counter these belligerent policies.”

Arab League chief Aboul-Gheit also delivered a clear message to Tehran. “We say it in clear terms that Iranian threats have exceeded all boundaries and are pushing the region toward the abyss … (Iran’s) missile program poses a danger to the region.”

In a resolution published on Monday, the Arab League said it “does not intend to declare war against Iran for the moment,” but warned that “Saudi Arabia has the right to defend its territory.”

Earlier this month, Saudi Arabia accused Iran of being responsible for a ballistic missile launched from Yemen by Houthi rebels, which targeted the airport in Riyadh. It warned that the move could be considered an “act of war.”

It comes amid increased tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia, following the surprise resignation of Prime Minister Saad Hariri in Riyadh earlier this month. Many believe the resignation was a direct result of Saudi pressure, with Lebanon becoming caught up in the ongoing cold war between the two rivals.

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More advanced equipment to replace damaged part of Iran n-site

Natanz, located some 250 km south of Tehran, includes underground facilities buried under some 25 feet of concrete, which offers protection from airstrikes.

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Tehran, July 6 : A new and more advanced structure will be built at Iran”s Natanz nuclear facility to replace the one damaged in a recent fire “incident”, a spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) said on Monday.

“Necessary arrangements have been made to rebuild the damaged shed at Shahid Ahmadi Roshan (Natanz) nuclear facility and a bigger shed with more advanced equipment is to replace it,” the spokesman, Behrouz Kamalvandi said.

More centrifuge machines were supposed to be produced at the damaged shed, Kamalvandi said, adding that parts of measurement and precision tools in the shed were destroyed and damaged in the “incident”, reports Xinhua news agency

The “incident” has not caused hindrance in Iran”s enrichment work, although it may slow down development and manufacture of advanced machines in the medium term, he said.

“We would make up for this slowdown through round-the-clock work and diligent efforts of our colleagues at the organization.”

On July 2, Iran announced that the fire at the Natanz nuclear facility caused no damage to the establishment, but it affected one of the structures for storing stock items.

The next day, Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) saidthat the country”s experts had determined the main cause of “incident” and would announce it at an “appropriate time”.

Natanz, located some 250 km south of Tehran, includes underground facilities buried under some 25 feet of concrete, which offers protection from airstrikes.

The facility is a Fuel Enrichment Plant covering 100,000 square meters.

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Iraq confirms 2,312 new Covid-19 cases; 102 more deaths

Since the outbreak of the coronavirus, Iraq has been taking measures to contain the pandemic.

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Baghdad, July 4 : Iraqi Health Ministry on Friday confirmed 2,312 new Covid-19 cases, as the total number of infections climbed to 56,020.

The ministry also confirmed 102 more deaths, raising the death toll from the infectious virus to 2,262 in the country, Xinhua reported.

It also said that 1,688 people recovered during the day, bringing the total recoveries from the disease to 29,600.

The new cases were recorded after 12,176 testing kits were used across the country during the past 24 hours, and a total of 579,861 tests have been carried out since the outbreak of the disease, according to the ministry”s statement.

The ministry frequently attributed the recent increase of COVID-19 infections to the lack of compliance of the citizens to the health instructions, as well as to the increase in the testing capacity due to the increase of labs in Baghdad and the other Iraqi provinces.

Since the outbreak of the coronavirus, Iraq has been taking measures to contain the pandemic.

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Turkey to extend wage support for another month amid COVID-19

Turkey conducted 51,014 tests for coronavirus in the last 24 hours, bringing the overall number of tests carried out so far to 3,331,158, he stated.

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Ankara, June 30 : Turkey will extend a wage support system for one more month to ease the impact of COVID-19, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced.

The government will also extend a financial aid program for low-income families for one more month, Erdogan told reporters after a cabinet meeting on Monday, Xinhua news agency reported.

The wage support system, which covers the workers whose working hours are reduced by their employers, was introduced in March for three months just after Turkey introduced strict measures to tackle the virus outbreak.

The Turkish president also said Turkey will deliver an aid package to Iraq on Tuesday.

Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca on Monday reported 1,374 new COVID-19 cases, raising the total number of infections in the country to 198,613.

In a single day, 18 more patients died, taking the death toll to 5,115 in Turkey, the minister tweeted.

Turkey conducted 51,014 tests for coronavirus in the last 24 hours, bringing the overall number of tests carried out so far to 3,331,158, he stated.

Koca said that a total of 171,809 patients have recovered in the country since the outbreak after 1,214 more recoveries were added in the last 24 hours.

Meanwhile, 1,018 patients are being treated at the intensive care units and 375 being intubated, he added.

Turkey reported the first COVID-19 case in the country on March 11.

Turkey and China have supported each other in the fight against COVID-19. Chinese doctors and medical experts held a video conference with Turkish counterparts to share China”s experience in treating coronavirus patients, protecting medical workers, and controlling the spread of the virus.

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