Soleimani: talks with US are impossible

Soleimani said negotiations with the US under current circumstances would be like surrendering to the US. (AFP/File)
Updated 29 April 2019
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Soleimani: talks with US are impossible

  • Soleimani said Iran will not start talks with the US while they continue their economic pressures
  • US pulled out of a nuclear deal with Iran and reimposed sanctions

DUBAI: The influential chief commander of Iran’s Quds force said on Monday that the country’s clerical establishment would never negotiate with the United States under enforced economic pressure, the semi-official Fars news agency reported.
“By putting economic pressure on Iran, America wants to force us to enter talks with this country... any negotiation under the circumstances is surrendering to America and it will never happen,” Qasem Soleimani was quoted as saying by Fars.
President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of a 2015 nuclear deal last May and reimposed sanctions on Tehran.


Thousands in Egypt attacked by stray dogs: Ministry

In this Feb. 3, 2015 file photo, stray dogs rest in front of the Pyramids of Giza on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt. (AP)
Updated 17 June 2019
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Thousands in Egypt attacked by stray dogs: Ministry

  • Environment Minister Yasmine Fouad has said the ministry is ready to address the crisis of stray dogs

CAIRO: There have been 6,241 cases of people being hospitalized after being attacked by stray dogs in Egypt’s Menoufia governorate during the past four months, the Ministry of Health and Population said in a report.
Ahmed Kamel, one of those injured, said the dogs are everywhere, but no action has been taken by the authorities despite complaints from residents.
“We fear street dogs for our children. They’re attacking us ferociously. A dog attacked me after I left my house,” he added.
“I defended myself and tried to hit him with a stone, but he sank his teeth into my feet. I had to go to the health center and they gave me a vaccine.”
Environment Minister Yasmine Fouad has said the ministry is ready to address the crisis of stray dogs.
Meanwhile, a report by the Department of Preventive Medicine at the Directorate of Health Affairs in Menoufia revealed that 759 people have been hospitalized due to rat bites so far this year.
Dr. Hassan Shafiq, deputy head of the Egyptian Veterinary Service, said rat bites can transmit deadly diseases.
Rats “live next to ponds, marshes and plantations, and feed mainly on … grains, fruits and vegetables, so they are often responsible for crop damage,” he added.