IAEA chief says agency’s Iran approach not political, issues need to be addressed

A handout picture provided by Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization shows Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Rafael Mariano Grossi attending a meeting with the head of Iran’s atomic agency Ali Akbar Salehi in Tehran on August 25 2020. (AFP)
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Updated 25 August 2020

IAEA chief says agency’s Iran approach not political, issues need to be addressed

  • UN nuclear watchdog’s chief Rafael Grossi said the agency’s approach toward Iran was not politically motivated

DUBAI: The UN nuclear watchdog’s chief Rafael Grossi said the agency’s approach toward Iran was not politically motivated, Iran’s Students News Agency ISNA reported on Tuesday, as he pushes for inspectors access to suspected former atomic sites.
“There is no political approach toward Iran ... There are issues that need to be addressed ... this does not mean a political approach toward Iran,” Grossi said after meeting Iran’s top nuclear official.


Algeria’s president transferred to Germany for treatment

Updated 28 October 2020

Algeria’s president transferred to Germany for treatment

  • The transfer to Germany was made at the request of the presidency staff, according to a press release
  • The statement announcing the Algerian leader’s hospitalization on Tuesday said his condition was stable

ALGIERS: Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune was transferred to Germany for specialist medical treatment Wednesday, a day after his country’s presidency announced he had been hospitalized but did not reveal why.
Several senior officials in the 75-year-old president’s entourage developed COVID-19 symptoms on Saturday, and the president was placed in what the government called “voluntary preventive confinement.” It was unclear if Tebboune’s current hospitalization was connected.
The transfer to Germany was made at the request of the presidency staff, according to a press release from the presidency broadcast on national television Wednesday.
The statement announcing the Algerian leader’s hospitalization on Tuesday said his condition was stable. It did not reveal the cause of his illness or say when the hospitalization occurred.
The statement said that while Tebboune was admitted to a specialized care unit in Algiers on the recommendation of his doctors, “the state of health of the president of the republic...does not inspire any concern.”