Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian dismissed US claims that the withdrawal from Afghanistan had all been planned beforehand, saying they would not have opted for such an “embarrassing” pullout if they had other choices.
The UN chief said foreign fighters and mercenaries remain in Libya in violation of last October’s cease-fire agreement and called for their withdrawal and an end to violations of the UN arms embargo, saying these are “critical elements” for lasting peace in the North African country and the region.
US President Donald Trump ordered the Pentagon to withdraw nearly all of the hundreds of American troops deployed to Somalia, which is part of a global pullback by the outgoing president that will also see him draw down forces in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The Central Bank of Iran (CBI) has ordered a new limit on withdrawal of cash from banks amid toughening of rules on money laundering and also concerns about hoarding money because of the new coronavirus pandemic.
Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi has told the US secretary of state to send a delegation to Iraq tasked with formulating a mechanism for withdrawal of US troops from Iraq, according to a statement released Friday.