No Iranian drone has been downed: Iran defense minister

A newly made drone is unveiled in Tehran on September 23, 2014. (Iranian Defense Ministry/AFP)
Updated 24 July 2019

No Iranian drone has been downed: Iran defense minister

  • The US said last Thursday that a navy ship had ‘destroyed’ an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz after the aircraft threatened the vessel

GENEVA: No Iranian drone has been brought down, the ISNA news agency quoted Iran’s Defense Minister Amir Hatami on Wednesday as saying, after the US military said it taken action against two Iranian drones in the past week.
The United States said last Thursday that a Navy ship had “destroyed” an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz after the aircraft threatened the vessel, but Iran said it had no information about losing a drone.
On Tuesday the US military said one of its ships had taken defensive action against a second Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz last week, but did not see the drone go into the water.
“We showed the body of the (US) drone that we brought down,” Hatami said, according to ISNA. “If anyone claims they brought down our drone, show it. No drone from the Islamic Republic of Iran has been brought down.”


Putin calls for summit on Libya

Updated 24 January 2020

Putin calls for summit on Libya

  • Putin said Russia wanted a “serious conversation” with the US, UK, China and France over the situation in the North African nation
  • He added that Moscow was happy for a summit to happen “in any country, at any point” to find a way to resolve the conflict in Libya

LONDON: Russia’s president on Thursday proposed that the UN Security Council’s five permanent members hold a special summit in 2020 to discuss the ongoing conflict in Libya.
Vladimir Putin said Russia wanted a “serious conversation” with the US, UK, China and France over the situation in the North African nation, as well as other geopolitical issues.
He added that Moscow was happy for a summit to happen “in any country, at any point” to find a way to resolve the conflict in Libya.
“There are many tasks before us. We discussed one of them very recently in Berlin … that is Libya. We need to return to this problem at the Security Council and adopt the corresponding resolution,” Putin said.
“We discussed (this) with several colleagues and, as far as I understand, in general we saw a positive reaction to holding a meeting of the heads of the permanent members.”