Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi has on Monday said countries should refrain from politicizing the massive blast in Beirut last week, adding that the United States should lift sanctions against Lebanon.
The spokesman speaking at a televised news conference said “the blast should not be used as an excuse for political aims … the cause of the blast should be investigated carefully”.
“If America is honest about its assistance offer to Lebanon, they should lift sanctions.”
The statement came after the US President Donald Trump on Sunday announced that the US will give “substantial” aid to Lebanon, but did not specify how much.
Last week, a deadly explosions killed at least 200 persons and injured thousands in Beirut, the capital of Lebanon.
Investigators in Lebanon probing the deadly blast say there is the possibility of negligence in the storage in a waterfront warehouse, tonnes of highly explosive ammonium nitrate sometimes used in making fertilizer or explosives.
On Sunday, Lebanese police fired tear gas to try to disperse rock-throwing protesters blocking a road near Parliament in Beirut after a second day of anti-government demonstrations triggered by last week’s devastating explosion.
Despite the resignation of three members of the cabinet, including the justice minister on Monday, the fury has not yet been quelled.
Demonstrators are demanding that the President Michel Aoun should step down even though some Lebanese doubt change is possible in a country where sectarian politicians have dominated the country since the 1975-90 civil war.
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Protesters in Belarus are still angry in their sixth week of mass protests demanding the resignation of president Alexander Lukashenko.
The president has announced, in retaliation, he is putting troops on high alert and closing the country’s borders with Poland and Lithuania. He also said the Belarusian border with Ukraine would be strengthened.
Lukashenko insists the six weeks of protests are driven by the west. He faces increasing criticism from the united states and the European Union.
Demonstrations began after the disputed august presidential election official results gave the authoritarian leader a sixth term in office–results opponents say were manipulated.
Bolivian Interim President Anez Withdraws From Election Race
Bolivia’s interim president Jeanine Anez has withdrawn from next month’s presidential election, saying she’s withdrawing in the interest of the party.
Anez, a former conservative senator, took office during the power vacuum that followed former president Morales’s departure after allegations of irregularities in last year’s election. Those allegations fueled violent protests, and army pressure forced the country’s first indigenous president into exile in Mexico.
Anez says if she does not step down, Morales would possibly return to power.
She declined to name the candidate for whom she will vote.
Next month’s election is the delayed rerun of last year’s ballot. Anez’s candidacy had sparked controversy after she initially ruled herself out and pledged to guide the country to transparent new elections.
By pulling out of the race, analysts say Anez could increase chances that the election will be pushed to a second round by consolidating the anti-Arce vote.
To avoid a second round, the election winner requires at least 40 percent of valid votes in the first round and a 10-point advantage over the closest competitor.
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