Fri, 09 Dec 2022

TEHRAN -- Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani dismissed on Monday a recent resolution approved by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), saying it was "anti-Iran" and "politically motivated."

The spokesman said during the weekly press conference that Iran expects the IAEA to avoid "political actions" and allow Iran's cooperation with the international nuclear watchdog to continue so that both sides can achieve "good results," according to the official IRNA news agency. (Iran-IAEA-Resolution)

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ANKARA -- Türkiye wants to proceed with the normalization process with Egypt through high-level talks, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday, a day after his first meeting with his Egyptian counterpart Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi in Qatar.

"A step has been taken here to start such a process, and we have had talks," Erdogan told reporters on his homebound flight from Qatar, according to semi-official Anadolu Agency. (Türkiye-Egypt-Presidential Meeting)

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BAGHDAD -- Iraq on Monday strongly condemned Iran's cross-border bombardments on Iranian Kurdish opposition parties' positions in the semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan in northern Iraq.

"The repeated attacks carried out by Iranian and Turkish forces with missiles and drones on the Kurdistan region are a violation of Iraq's sovereignty and an act that contravenes international covenants and laws that regulate relations between countries," the Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement. (Iraq-Condemnation-Iranian Attacks)

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RIYADH -- Saudi Arabian Energy Minister Abdulaziz bin Salman on Monday denied media reports that his country is mulling an oil output increase.

"The current cut of 2 million barrels per day by OPEC+ continues until the end of 2023 and if there is a need to take further measures by reducing production to balance supply and demand, we always remain ready to intervene," the minister was quoted by the Saudi Press Agency as saying. (Saudi Arabia-Oil Output-Response)

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