Syria, Iraq Discuss Means of Activating Parliamentary Cooperation

AMMAN- Speaker of the People’s Assembly Hammoudeh Sabbagh on Saturday discussed with Speaker of Iraq’s Council of Representatives Mohammed al-Halbousi means to activate joint parliamentary work and the parliamentary cooperation to further boost relations between the two countries, SANA reported.

The meeting was held on the sidelines of the 29th Conference of the Arab Inter-Parliamentary Union in Amman.

Iran FM Zarif Back on Duty as Rouhani Rejects His Resignation

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has officially rejected the resignation of his Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, saying it runs contrary to national interests.

In a letter addressed to Zarif on Wednesday, Rouhani noted that the top diplomat has been standing on the frontline of resistance against the US pressure campaign, Press TV reported.

 “I consider accepting your resignation against the country’s interests and therefore, refuse to accept,” Rouhani told Zarif, who unexpectedly announced his resignation via Instagram on Monday night.

Rouhani further highlighted the expressions of happiness by the “sworn enemies” of Iran, such as the Israeli regime, over Zarif’s intention to step down, which he said serve as the “best evidence” of the top diplomat’s success in performing his duties and the “main reason” why he should stay in office.

Nebenzia: Russia Calls for Immediate Evacuation of Syria's Rukban Refugee Camp

WASHINGTON - Russia is calling on all parties to allow for the immediate evacuation of anyone who wants to leave the Syrian refugee camp of Rukban, Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vassily Nebenzia told the Security Council on Tuesday, according to Sputnik.

"We are suggesting a solution to the current situation and a lasting solution to the problem of Rukban: this is the evacuation of all those in the camp who express the wish to go wherever they want. All those who express that wish, of course, is the key word here", Nebenzia said, calling on all sides to "urgently start implementing this idea".

Over 80,000 Kids under the Age of Five Have Died of Starvation in Yemen, UN Chief Says

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says tens of thousands of children under the age of five have died of starvation in Yemen ever since Saudi Arabia and a number of its allies launched an atrocious military aggression against the impoverished country nearly four years ago, Press TV reported.

 “Children did not start the war in Yemen, but they are paying the highest price.  Some 360,000 children are suffering from severe acute malnutrition, fighting for their lives every day.  And one credible report put the number of children under 5 who have died of starvation at more than 80,000,” Guterres told a donor conference in the Swiss city of Geneva on Tuesday.

Khamenei: Iranians Have Grown Stronger Than 40 Years Ago Despite All Enemy Plots

 Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says the Iranian nation has only grown stronger despite all the hostile plots against the country over the four decades since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

“Over the past forty years, the enemies have been using all in their power to stand against the Islamic Republic -- and have dealt some blows -- but the Iranian nation managed to handle these schemes by relying on God and honoring its duties,” Ayatollah Khamenei said.