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Iran’s president says his country does not believe the US government’s promises

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On Tuesday, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi stated that his country does not trust the promises made by the US government, while also stating that he wishes constructive contact with other countries around the world.

“We don’t believe the promises made by the US government,” Raisi said during the General Debate of the United Nations General Assembly’s 76th session, which began Tuesday at the UN headquarters in New York.

“Today, the entire world, including the Americans themselves, have publicly acknowledged that the project of countering the Iranian people, which manifested itself in the form of violating the JCPOA (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, referring to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal) and was followed by maximum pressure’ and arbitrary withdrawal from an internationally recognized agreement, has completely failed,” he writes. Taking into consideration the strategy of “The Iranian president stated that “we seek nothing more than what is properly ours” while the “maximum tyranny” is still in effect. We demand that international rules be followed.”

“In practice, all parties must adhere to the nuclear deal and the UN Resolution,” he stressed.

“Fifteen IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) assessments have attested to Iran’s adherence to its agreements,” he stated. “However, the United States has not yet fulfilled its responsibility, resulting in the relaxation of sanctions. It has violated the deal, withdrew from it, and imposed even harsher punishments on my people.”

“The United States incorrectly imagined it would drive us desperate and heartbroken, but our perseverance has brought results and will continue to do so because the Islamic Republic of Iran’s smart and dynamic resistance stems from our strategic logic,” said the Iranian president.

“While resolutely preserving all of its rights and the interests of its people,” Raisi stated, “Iran is eager to engage in large-scale political and economic cooperation and convergence with the rest of the world.”

“I seek effective contact with all countries in the world, particularly our neighbors, and warmly shake their hands,” he added.

 

Source: Xinhua News Agency

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MPS still under Home Minister: PO

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President’s Office on Tuesday stated that though Maldives Police Service (MPS) is now operating as an independent entity, the Home Minister is still the responsible figure for the agency.

Following the ratification and implementing of MPS Act, MPS would function as an independent entity, with various internal governing bodies. The Home Minister will be responsible for overseeing the body but will have no control over day to day operations.

Confusion reigned supreme following a letter sent by President’s Office to the Home Affairs, stating that MPS would function as an independent entity effective from March 27, 2021. The letter also stated the Ministry’s functions and roles following this decision.

Clause 242 of the Constitution mandates that all government and government associated agencies be overseen by a Minister.

The statement issued by President’s Office said that Home Minister Sheikh Imran would still oversee the agency.

In response to the change, Minister Imran tweeted that ‘challenges’ were natural and expected. He added that success was in perseverance.

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Speaking to local newspaper, Mihaaru, the Minister revealed that this was already in the plans and a new agreement will be signed based on this principle.

Statistics by Tourism Ministry in 2020, show that over 50 resorts were still under development, with parties filing to extend the permits for 21 islands. Some of the leased islands have been listed as under development for over 10 years.

This, he said, was being implemented to urge developers to finish developing the property and begin operations. Minister Mausoom noted that most citizens living close to islands under development had raised their concerns over delays.

The Minister had previously said that Tourism sustained severe losses due to the pandemic. While the sector aims to bring in 1.3 million tourists, there are several challenges including a new mutation of the delta strain detected in the UK and limitations of the airport to cater for arrivals.

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U23 national team departs for Bahrain

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The under 23 national football team has departed to Bahrain for training ahead of AFC Asian Cup qualifiers.

The qualifiers will be held in Uzbekistan from the 27th to the 31st of this month.

The team is accompanied by Assistant Coaches Sabah Mohamed and Mohamed Shahid. They will play two practice matches in Bahrain before heading to straight to qualifiers in Uzbekistan. The team had also carried out successful training camps in the atolls.

Maldives will face off against Iraq on 27th October, against Bahrain on 29th October, and Afghanistan on 31st October.

Competing nations are divided into 11 groups. First place winners will go into the Asian Cup. Additionally, four top-performing teams from the second placed nations will proceed to the Cup.

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