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Resisting excessive US demands

Iran's foreign minister says the Iranian nation has relentlessly stood against the United States’ excessive demands and has made great advances. Hossein Amir-Abdollahian made the remarks in a meeting with Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega in the capital city of Managua. Amir-Abdollahian added that the sanctions imposed on Iran by the US have made big problems for his country. However, he said, Iran now stands among developed countries by relying on its domestic capacities in various fields. Ortega, for his part, said the enemies of global peace still continue their imperialist policies. He added that they want to turn the entire world into their backyard and have committed numerous crimes in the name of democracy. Amir-Abdollahian has now departed for Venezuela on the next leg of his Central and South Americas tour.

Denouncing normalization

Palestinian resistance movement Hamas has strongly condemned Sudan for finalizing a deal to normalize ties with the Israeli regime. Hamas said the move is against the will of the Sudanese people who support the Palestinian cause. The movement said the normalization is taking place at a time when Israel has intensified its crackdown. It is killing Palestinians, grabbing their lands and expanding its settlements. Hamas said the normalization would embolden Israel to continue its racist crimes against the Palestinian people. On Thursday, Israel and Sudan said they have finalized a deal to normalize relations, during a visit by Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen to Khartoum. Several more Arab states have already established relations with Israel under a US-brokered agreement in 2020.

Peru political crisis

The political crisis in Peru deepens as congress rejects another proposal to bring forward elections to this year. Early election is a key demand of protesters who have been hitting the streets of Peru for several weeks now. The proposal had called for moving up elections from April 2024 to July this year. It also called for a referendum on forming a constitutional convention. That’s another demand of the protesters. The bill was put forward by President Dina Boluarte’s Free Peru Party after the previous one was voted down by lawmakers. Last month, they voted to move up elections from 2026 to 2024. But the move failed to quell unrest. It broke out after former president Pedro Castillo was ousted and arrested over attempts to shut down congress to avoid impeachment. Nearly 50 have been killed in the protests calling for president Boluarte’s resignation.

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