Tue, 28 Jun 2022

TEHRAN -- Iran has called for the complete removal of western sanctions on Syria, Tasnim news agency reported Friday.

Ali Asghar Khaji, a senior advisor to Iran's foreign minister for special political affairs, emphasized the need for the lifting of all sanctions on Syria without any political preconditions or discrimination. (Iran-Syria-Sanctions-Removal)

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TEHRAN -- Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi said on Friday that Iran possesses the right "not to trust" the United States, official news agency IRNA reported.

"I'm surprised by the Americans who are sending a message of negotiation on the one hand and adding to the sanctions list on the other hand," Raisi said, referring to fresh U.S. anti-Iran sanctions on Thursday.

"The world must give us the right not to trust America, because it is a pact-breaker," he noted. (Iran-US-Sanctions)

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ISTANBUL -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reiterated on Friday that Turkey would no longer hold the High-Level Strategic Council meetings with Greece.

"Unless I come across an honest politician, I will no longer be meeting them, and we have terminated our high-level strategic council meetings, and we will not hold the meeting with Greece," Erdogan told reporters in Istanbul.

Erdogan's comments came after a week of heated exchanges between the two countries regarding the status of the Aegean sea and its islands. Erdogan demanded last week that Greece respect previously-signed treaties and keep the Aegean islands demilitarized. (Turkey-Greece-Maritime Disputes)

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BEIRUT -- Lebanese caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati on Friday called on all political parties to expedite the selection of a new prime minister who can form a new cabinet capable of dealing with Lebanon's steep crisis.

Mikati made the remarks at a university graduation ceremony in northern Lebanon, according to a statement by Lebanon's Council of Ministers, or Lebanon's cabinet. (Lebanon-PM-Appointment)

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