Rouhani says Iran’s answer to talks with US will always be negative

Rouhani says Iran’s answer to talks with US will always be negative
Last month, Rouhani said Iran would not talk to its longtime foe until the United States lifted all of the sanctions it reimposed after it exited a 2015 nuclear deal last year. (File/AFP)
Updated 03 September 2019

Rouhani says Iran’s answer to talks with US will always be negative

Rouhani says Iran’s answer to talks with US will always be negative
  • Donald Trump, although applying “maximum pressure” on Iran, has offered to meet its leaders and hold bilateral talks
  • European parties to the deal have struggled to calm the deepening confrontation between Iran and the United States

DUBAI: Iran will always have a negative answer to any offer of bilateral talks with the United States, President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday.

“No decision has ever been taken to hold talks with the US and there has been a lot of offers for talks but our answer will always be negative,” Rouhani told an open session of parliament carried live by state radio.

US President Donald Trump, although applying “maximum pressure” on Iran, has offered to meet its leaders and hold bilateral talks with no pre-conditions to end the confrontation between their countries.

Last month, Rouhani said Iran would not talk to its longtime foe until the United States lifted all of the sanctions it reimposed after it exited a 2015 nuclear deal last year.

European parties to the deal have struggled to calm the deepening confrontation between Iran and the United States and save the deal by shielding Iran’s economy from the sanctions. Iran has called on them to accelerate their efforts.


Dubai imposes new COVID-19 rules to combat virus spread as numbers grow

Dubai imposes new COVID-19 rules to combat virus spread as numbers grow
Updated 14 min 55 sec ago

Dubai imposes new COVID-19 rules to combat virus spread as numbers grow

Dubai imposes new COVID-19 rules to combat virus spread as numbers grow
  • The new rules require the distance between tables at restaurants and cafes to be three meters apart instead of two
  • Last week authorities in Dubai imposed new rules in the emirate banning entertainment in Hotels and restaurants

DUBAI: Dubai has issued new coronavirus rules for social gatherings, cafes and restaurants, as well as gyms and other fitness centers as part of its efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19, state news agency WAM reported.
The new rules come into force as the UAE saw another record number of cases of coronavirus on Friday.
The new rules, issued late Friday evening, require the distance between tables at restaurants and cafes to be three meters apart instead of two, Dubai’s Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management said in a statement.
Similar rules have been imposed on Dubai’s gyms and fitness centers where equipment will now need to be three meters apart.
There’s also a cut in the amount of people who can dine together – with a maximum of seven people allowed to sit at a table in restaurants and four in cafes, the statement said.
Rules on social gatherings have changed too, with a decision to limit attendance at weddings, private parties, and other social events, to 10 people who must be first-degree relatives, whether in hotels or homes.
Last week authorities in Dubai imposed new rules in the emirate banning entertainment in Hotels and restaurants.
The UAE on Friday reported 3,552 new cases of COVID-19, as the number of infections once again hit new daily high. An additional 10 people died of conditions related to the disease.