The UAE and Bahrain have dramatically slashed their financial assistance to the the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) after the two Persian Gulf states agreed to clinch US-brokered deals to normalize ties with Israel last August.
US President Donald Trump on Sunday signed into law a $2.3-trillion pandemic aid and spending package, restoring unemployment benefits to millions of Americans and averting a federal government shutdown in a crisis of his own making.
US President-elect Joe Biden is pushing Congress to approve billions of dollars in emergency COVID-19 assistance before he takes office, saying in a meeting on Friday with the top Democrats in the House and Senate that such a package should be approved during the lame-duck session.
Venezuela said on Monday that a flight carrying humanitarian aid for the coronavirus pandemic had arrived from Iran, in another sign that ties between the Islamic Republic and the South American country – both targets of US sanctions – are strengthening.
The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has sent its fifth and largest shipment of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) items to Iran to help the country in its fight against the novel coronavirus, the organization said in a statement.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry’s spokesman Seyyed Abbas Mousavi said on Monday the United States’ officials are offering medical aid to Iran while their country’s health sector is in dire need of medical equipment amid the coronavirus pandemic.