Arab League to meet on Gaza violence

Israel has killed some 60 Palestinians protesting against the transfer the same day of the US embassy to Jerusalem. (AP)
Updated 16 May 2018
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Arab League to meet on Gaza violence

  • Arab foreign ministers will meet on Thursday
  • More than 100 Palestinians have been killed in seven weeks of protests, mainly from Israeli sniper fire

CAIRO: Arab foreign ministers are to hold an “extraordinary” meeting Thursday in Cairo to discuss the deadly violence on the Gaza-Israel border, the organization said.
Israel has come under international pressure after its border forces on Monday killed some 60 Palestinians protesting against the transfer the same day of the US embassy to Jerusalem.
More than 100 Palestinians have been killed in seven weeks of protests, mainly from Israeli sniper fire.
Permanent delegates to the Cairo-based Arab League met on Wednesday to prepare for the ministerial session called by Saudi Arabia on “the Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people.”
“A draft resolution will be presented” Thursday to foreign ministers, Hossam Zaki, the League’s deputy secretary general, told reporters in the Egyptian capital.
He said it would contain “the strongest political positions... in support of the Palestinian resistance and against the American decision” to recognize the disputed city of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
 


EU must speed up efforts to save nuclear deal — Iran state TV

Updated 20 August 2018
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EU must speed up efforts to save nuclear deal — Iran state TV

  • ‘Iran relies mainly on its own capabilities to overcome America’s new sanctions’
  • The United States has imposed sanctions on Iran in August

ANKARA: Iran said on Monday that Europe should accelerate its efforts to salvage a 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and major powers that was abandoned by US President Donald Trump in May, Iranian state TV reported.
“Europeans and other signatories of the deal (China and Russia) have been trying to save the deal ... but the process has been slow. It should be accelerated,” foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi told a weekly news conference broadcast live on state TV.
“Iran relies mainly on its own capabilities to overcome America’s new sanctions.”
European states have been scrambling to ensure Iran gets enough economic benefits to persuade it to stay in the deal since US withdrawal from the deal, which Trump said was “deeply flawed.”
The United States has imposed sanctions on Iran in August, targeting Iran’s trade in gold and other precious metals, its purchases of US dollars and its car industry.