Iran says Zarif not attending Davos as its organizers “changed its agenda“

Reuters last week reported that Zarif was no longer on the list of nearly 3,000 people due at the event. (File/AFP)
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Updated 20 January 2020

Iran says Zarif not attending Davos as its organizers “changed its agenda“

  • The schedule was changed and different from what Zarif agreed on
  • Reuters last week reported that Zarif was no longer on the list of nearly 3,000 people due at the event

DUBAI: Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will not attend the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos this week because its organizers had “abruptly changed its agenda,” its foreign ministry spokesman said on Monday.
“He was scheduled to attend ... but they abruptly changed the schedule and it was not the schedule that we agreed upon. So he will not attend Davos,” Abbas Mousavi told a televised weekly conference.
Reuters last week reported that Zarif was no longer on the list of nearly 3,000 people due at the event, which is being held under the banner “Stakeholders for a Sustainable and Cohesive World.”


Bahrain tells people to avoid gatherings to help reduce COVID-19 infections

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Bahrain tells people to avoid gatherings to help reduce COVID-19 infections

  • Al-Manea said the Kingdom had taken all precautionary measures to curb the coronavirus spread since the beginning of the pandemic

DUBAI: People in Bahrain have been told to avoid gatherings for the next two weeks to help reduce the number of infected coronavirus cases, state news agency BNA reported citing Health Ministry Undersecretary Waleed Khalifa Al-Manea.
Al-Manea said the Kingdom had taken all precautionary measures to curb the coronavirus spread since the beginning of the pandemic.
He further explained the danger of gatherings that happen without abiding by preventive measures as they lead to a spike in infections, and then a depletion of resources and efforts made in previous stages.