Tue, 20 Apr 2021

KUWAIT CITY -- The new Kuwaiti government took the constitutional oath on Wednesday before the country's emir, the Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) reported.

During the oath, Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah said that the new government has huge responsibilities and need to start its work with the spirit of one team, calling on the executive and legislative authorities of the country to cooperate in addressing the fundamental issues. (Kuwait-Gov't-Oath)

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ANKARA -- Turkey is not necessarily seeking to return to the U.S. F-35 fighter jet program, which Ankara was excluded after it purchased Russian-made S-400 defense systems, but will seek compensation for its losses, the Turkish defense industry chief said on Wednesday.

Turkey may seek its rights in the international courts, Turkey's Defense Industry Directorate (SSM) President Ismail Demir told NTV news broadcaster. (Turkey-US-F35)

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TEHRAN -- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called on European parties to the 2015 nuclear agreement to stop the "wrongful and out-of-place illegal sanctions," noting Iran has preserved the agreement for three years despite being under "economic war."

"The P4+1 has a heavy task today. They must know we resisted three years of economic war, and it is us who preserved the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) during this period," Rouhani said in a cabinet meeting in the capital Tehran, as quoted by official news agency IRNA. (Iran-Europe-Nuke Deal Sanctions)

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CAIRO -- Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and his Qatari counterpart Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani held on Wednesday their first meeting after the two countries signed a reconciliation agreement in January to end a three-year rift.

The meeting was held on the sidelines of the 155th ordinary session of the Arab League Council at the level of foreign ministers which kicked off Wednesday in the Egyptian capital Cairo, according to a statement by the Egyptian Foreign Ministry. (Egypt-Qatar-Meeting)

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