Mon, 17 May 2021

TEHRAN -- Iran has no problem negotiating the return to the 2015 nuclear agreement, but will do so "according to its own logic," Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday during a cabinet meeting.

"We are not in a hurry for negotiations to be held today or tomorrow, and that depends on the other part. We are ready and our position is clear," Rouhani was quoted as saying by official IRNA news agency, referring to the nuclear talks held in Vienna.

The United States, he said, must implement the very same conditions that were agreed in July 2015, and as soon as Iran verifies those conditions have been met, it will "immediately fulfill all (its) obligations." (Iran-U.S.-Nuke)

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JERUSALEM -- Israel's consumer price index (CPI), a major indicator of inflation, increased by 0.6 percent in March, according to a statement released on Wednesday by the state's Central Bureau of Statistics.

This is the highest monthly inflation rate recorded in Israel since May 2019 when the figure was 0.7. In February, the inflation rate was 0.3 percent. (Israel-Inflation-Increase)

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BEIRUT -- Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri intends to ask Russia for support in solving the country's political and economic crisis during his visit to Moscow, Hariri's advisor on Russian affairs told Xinhua on Wednesday.

"We believe that Russia can help in solving the political deadlock in Lebanon since Moscow has good ties with all political parties in Lebanon, and with the regional countries that have an influence on the situation in our country," George Chaaban said in a phone interview from Moscow. (Lebanon-Russia-Visit)

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AMMAN -- Jordan on Wednesday welcomed a resolution by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on the Old City of Jerusalem and its walls.

Jordan's Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Deifallah Fayez said Wednesday that the UNESCO Executive Board adopted a resolution during its 211th session that considered all Israeli procedures aimed at changing the nature of the holy city and its legal status quo as null and void.

He said the resolution calls on Israel to halt its illegal and unilateral procedures against the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Old City of Jerusalem and its walls. (Jordan-Israel-UNESCO)

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