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Vaezi : European countries have abandoned their obligations towards the nuclear agreement under American pressure

On July 12, Iranian President Office’s Chief Mahmoud Vaezi said that European countries have shown a lot of weakness and complied under  American pressure to abandon their obligations towards the nuclear agreement with Iran.

Vaezi said in a statement to Iranian television that the Europeans were subject to American pressure and did not fulfill their obligations, and they are now trying to buy time in the coming months until the date of the US presidential elections.

Forthcoming parliamentary elections affirm Syria's determination to attain comprehensive stability in the country: Russian diplomat

MOSCOW, (ST)- Andrey Baklanov, Deputy Chairman of the Association of Russian Diplomats, stressed on Saturday that Syria has triumphed in its war on terrorism and that the parliamentary elections to be held this month affirm Syria's determination to continue the process of attaining comprehensive stability.

In a statement to SANA correspondent in Moscow, Baklanov said that Syria has gained the respect of the peoples of the region and the world because it didn't subjugate to US and western dictates.

Syria's enemies don't want the parliamentary elections in Syria to succeed, the Russian diplomat said, calling on Syrians not to pay attention to the enemies. He said he is confident that the People's Assembly's elections will be held successfully and democratically.

MECC condemns Turkey's decision to convert Hagia Sophia church into mosque

The Middle East Council of Churches (MECC) issued a statement on Saturday condemning the decision of the Turkish regime to transform the Hagia Sophia Church into a mosque.

 "This decision is an assault on religious freedom, the freedom that has become the cornerstone in international consciousness and that is protected by international law, " a statement by the MECC General Secretariat said.

The MECC called for a decisive UN stance on this decision in order to preserve the historical symbolism represented by the Church of Hagia Sophia.

 The council went on to say that the most dangerous element is that this decision comes out of the context of the Christian-Muslim coexistence as well as the "Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together", signed in 2019, and all the ecumenical initiatives and religious dialogues in the last three decades.

OPCW's Executive Council's resolution on alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria is unbalanced: Iranian diplomat

TEHRAN, (ST)- Iran's Ambassador to the Netherland Alireza Kazemi Abadi has stressed his country's rejection of the new resolution adopted by the Executive Council of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons regarding the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria. He described the resolution as unbalanced and as having political motives besides being a step towards politicizing the OPCW's work and creating differences between its members.

During the 94th meeting of the OPCW's Executive Council on Saturday, Kazemi Abadi said that the creation of the OPCW's Investigation and Identification Team (IIT) is illegal, criticizing the biased report of this team on Syria.

The Iranian diplomat added that the new resolution ignores many things including Syria's great cooperation with the OPCW.

Zakharova: OPCW's report on Syria biased, politicized, inaccurate

Russia has stressed that the report of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) on the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria is biased and politicized.

In a statement on Friday, Zakharova said that the organization should not remain hostage to the western states which seek imposing their own agenda, warning that if these countries' activities are not stopped, the OPCW could find itself completely paralyzed.

The Russian diplomat clarified that the western countries worked actively during the session of the OPCW Executive Council held between July 7 and 9 to adopt the first report of  the OPCW's Investigation and Identification Team (IIT) which claimed that the Syrian Arab Army  allegedly used chemical weapons against civilians in the Syrian city of Latamenah in 2017.